Man given chance to avoid conviction after €1,400 drugs find

July 16, 2021

A MAN was found with a large quantity of cannabis after Gardaí were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in Letterkenny.

On June 29, 2019, Gardai received a call about suspicious activity on the Paddy Harte Road.

Officers arrived and spoke to the occupants of the car. Two men were detained and cannabis, with a total value of €1,420, was located.

Kazeem Balogun was a passenger in the car. Balogun (22), with an address at Tyrellstown, Dublin 15, appeared before Letterkenny District Court this week.

Solicitor Mr Patsy Gallager said Balogun had moved to Letterkenny for college and has stayed in the town.

“This wasn’t a classic sale, it was more for supply among themselves,” Mr Gallagher said.

“He has worked his way through college, he has excelled and is now due to enter his fourth year.

“He fully accepts that what he did was wrong. He has been straight and clean for the last two years.”

Balogun, the court heard, has no previous convictions. A co-accused in the matter had been dealt with at a previous sitting of the court.

Balogun was charged with possession of a controlled drug, cannabis. The accused also faced a further charge of possession of a controlled drug, cannabis, with the intent to sell or supply.

Mr Gallagher said: “He fully accepts what he did was wrong. He is annoyed with the word ‘sale’, but I have explained that to him. While the amount is substantial, I would ask the court to give him a chance.”

Judge Deirdre Gearty adjourned the case to July 4, 2022, telling Balogun that if he paid €750 to the Donegal Hospice and did not come to the attention of Gardaí in the interim that the matter could be struck out.