Dealer told to get ‘friends’ on drugs ‘tick list’ to help pay €400 fine

June 30, 2021

A Judge has told a young Donegal man to contact friends whose names were found on a drugs ‘tick list’ to see if they will help pay his fine.

Sean Cleary appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with possession and the sale and supply of drugs.

He appeared in court after Gardai discovered €1,300 of cannabis in his bedroom as well as a weighing scales and a ‘tick list’ with ten names on it.

Gardai had been passing by Cleary’s home at Fairgreen Hill on October 20th last year when they observed him with a wrap of cannabis herb.

Cleary, aged 22, was also before the courts charged with having possession of cocaine on November 10th, 2019 in Letterkenny.

Evidence was given that a VW Golf car pulled alongside the Warehouse Bar and a man was spotted exchanging something with the driver.

Gardai followed the car and approached it at Lower Main Street where Cleary was spotted dropping a bag of white powder on the ground.

It was later confirmed to be cocaine and Cleary said it was for his own use.

Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had no previous convictions and that a probation report spoke very favourably of him and suggested he presented a low risk of reoffending.

Passing sentence, Judge Alan Mitchell said he took a very serious view of the possession of drugs for sale and supply.

He dismissed the first charge of possession of cocaine at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny because it was his first offence.

However, on the second charge of possession for sale and supply of cannabis he convicted Cleary and fined him €400.

“See if your friends are there to help you pay that fine,” suggested the Judge.