A young Letterkenny man has appeared in court after Gardai raided his home and found €2,000 of cocaine which he was selling.
Eoin McBrearty was also caught with a smaller quantity of cannabis during the raid at Manorview Park, Long Lane on October 1st, 2019.
Garda Sergeant Sean McDaid told Letterkenny District Court that officers obtained a search warrant and found 28 grammes of cocaine at the house as well as cannabis herb valued at €60.
He was arrested and made full admissions when questioned by officers.
The accused man’s solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian said his client was very contrite when questioned.
McBrearty, then aged 22, had been a student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
He had become addicted to cocaine and was selling to a small group of friends to fee his habit, said Mr Dorrian.
“He seemed to be a reasonably functioning individual, but on further analysis things weren’t going very well,” he added.
He began to fall away from his course and soon dropped out.
“He was 22 at the time and had had quite a difficult recent history. The distribution was confined to a small group of people, like-minded individuals. There wasn’t an increasing number of people, it was a finite number.”
Mr Dorrian added that the accused man’s family were shocked by the developments and that McBrearty himself had been under a “raincloud” knowing he would eventually be caught.
He added that this was definitely na wake-up call for his future and that he had no previous convictions.
Since being caught he had quit drugs by himself, was now working in a local retail store and was in a two year relationship with a young lady.
Judge Éiteáin Cunningham described the case and the amount of €2,000 of cocaine as ‘very serious’.
She asked for the preparation of a Probation and Welfare report and adjourned the case until November 14.