Man caught bagging up 36,000 ecstasy pills during garda raid jailed

CourtsBy Sunday World

A man who claims he got into a drug debt by self medicating his ADHD with cannabis has been sentenced to four years for possession of over 36,000 ecstasy tablets.

When gardaí raided the house of Karl Brown (26) they found him in the kitchen counting out pills into bags. Two women who were also present became very agitated but Brown assured them that the gardaí were there for him only.

A search of the house uncovered two stashes totalling 36,633 ecstasy tablets along with small amounts of cocaine and amphetamine. Gardaí also found weighing scales and a customer list.

Prosecuting barrister Fiona McGowan BL told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the tablets were worth €366,330 if sold at street level at €10 each. Brown was bagging them into 500 tablet batches when gardaí arrived.

Brown of Oakrise, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at his home on March 3, 2015.

He told gardaí he was holding the tablets to pay off a €3,000 drug debt he had run up by smoking cannabis. He said he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and used cannabis to treat it. Brown refused to say who gave him the drugs because he said he feared for his family's safety.

Defence counsel Dominic McGinn SC said his client had co-operated in interview and made admissions. He said Brown was holding onto the drugs for someone else to repay the debt.

Judge Melanie Greally said offenders like Brown had an important role “as they keep the drug wheel turning.” She imposed a four year sentence with the last 18 months suspended.

By Conor Gallagher