A TIPPERARY man who was in Letterkenny for the Donegal Rally last year was found in possession of cocaine.

Dean O’Dwyer (21), with an address in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, was part of a group of males stopped by Gardaí at 5.50 on June 22, 2019.

Gardaí stopped the group to conduct a search under the misuse of drugs act.

The males were staying at a specially-constructed campsite and one of them made off on foot in the direction of Letterkenny town. After a brief foot pursuit, O’Dwyer was apprehended.

A small bag of white powder was found on his person. O’Dwyer made admissions that the cocaine, with a value of €50, was for his own personal use.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a student at UCD and had been in the area with a number of friends for the rally.

The defendant’s parents were ‘extremely worried’, Mr Gallagher said.

Judge Paul Kelly said if O’Dwyer made a €200 donation to Letterkenny Youth and Community Club by January 25 he would not convict.


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