Letterkenny Courthouse

Text on phone alerted Gardaí to man’s further drug activity

May 18, 2021

A LETTERKENNY man was found in possession of a quantity of drugs just nine days after a raid on his home.

Mark McGee was on his way to a rave in Derry on October 31 2019 when Gardai stopped him in a follow-up operation at the bus stop in Letterkenny.

McGee (21) of Beinn Aoibhinn, Letterkenny, was found in possession of 14 MDMA tablets, valued at €140, and two deals of cocaine with a street value of €140

Gardaí found a message on McGee’s mobile phone after they carried out a search operation under the Misuse of Drugs Act on October 22, 2019.

At the home at Beinn Aoibhinn, they found €300 of cocaine, €300 of ketamine, €180 of ecstasy and €30 of cannabis in McGee’s bedroom.

“All parties involved were school friends,” McGee’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told Letterkenny District Court, “and he seemed to be the mule for everyone else.”

McGee, he said, was back on the straight and narrow and is back in education. He has never been before the courts before. This has been very difficult on the family and they understand the stigma.

McGee was accompanied by his father to court.

Judge Alan Mitchell said: “It wasn’t very bright when he was caught to be caught again a few days later.

“He should have stayed well away. This must have been very embarrassing for his family, law-abiding citizens. The neighbours will have had a field day talking about them. He really brought shame on them.”

Judge Mitchell imposed fines totalling €425 and issued a destruction order for the drugs.

“More seriously, there is a criminal conviction,” Judge Mitchell said. “You’re the one left holding the problems of your friends.”

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