Facebook messages confirmed man’s involvement in drug supply

March 19, 2021

A DONEGAL man has been warned as to his future conduct after being found in possession of drugs.

Gardaí found the drugs after a search at the home of Lee Rowan (29), at Strath Aoibhinn, Stranorlar on December 6, 2019.

Officers executed a warrant and found €25 worth of cannabis herb.

In a locked bedroom, Gardai subsequently located 20 pills labelled ‘MSJ’. Some of the pills were confirmed to be benzodiazepines, valued at €20.

On inspection of a tablet, Gardaí saw a number of Facebook messages from Rowan to others which confirmed his involvement in the selling of cannabis and pills.

The accused made full admission when questioned by Gardaí.

Solicitor for Rowan, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client was ‘lucky to be here’ after an episode in 2019 when he required life-saving surgery from the neurosurgeon department at the Beaumont Hospital.

Mr Dillon said Rowan was having ongoing treatment and may require further surgery.

Rowan has a previous conviction for possession and Mr Dillon said his client was ‘anxious for the matter to be resolved’.

“He has changed his ways now,” Mr Dillon said.

“This has been nipped in the bud now. He is focussing on the more positive things in life,”

Judge Paul Kelly fined Rowan €250 on the cannabis charge, giving him six months to pay. The other charges were marked into consideration and Judge Kelly issued Rowan with a stern warning about future transgressions.