Dublin man to be sentenced for possession of €72,000 of cocaine

Raymond Creighton
Raymond Creighton

A Dublin man who has been described as “vulnerable and soft” will be sentenced later for possessing over €72,000 of cocaine at a friend's house.

Raymond Creighton (26) of Poddle Green, Kimmage, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 1.03 kg of cocaine worth €72,100 at Cashel Road, Crumlin on February 5, 2015. He has two minor public order convictions from 2011.

Creighton told gardaí that he had been standing on the side of the road waiting on another friend when two people he knew pulled up in a car and started “slagging” him.

He said he agreed to hold drugs for them and thought he might have gotten €100 or a “bit of hash” for the job. Garda Triona Gallagher told the court that Creighton said he hadn't expected the drugs to be worth so much.

Gda Gallagher agreed with Seamus Clarke BL, defending, that Creighton was a “vulnerable and soft” man who had been shocked at the drugs' value.

She further agreed that Creighton had no signs of wealth and at the time had been cycling around Crumlin on his sister's bicycle which made him “stick out like a sore thumb”.

Gda Gallagher told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that she and colleagues got a warrant to search the Cashel Road address on foot of confidential information. She said Creighton and a few others were present at the address.

A rucksack of cocaine and a weighing scales were found in the house owner's bedroom, but Creighton immediately admitted he had put them there.

The garda explained that Creighton told gardaí he regularly went to that house to spend time with friends and had hoped to move in when another resident left.

He said he had owed the two people in the car up to €200 for a drugs debt.

Mr Clarke submitted to Judge Sarah Berkeley that his client was shy and had been bullied at school, but that he was now drug free. Counsel said Creighton would be vulnerable in a prison environment.

Judge Berkeley adjourned the sentence to April pending a probation report.