Man pressurised into holding €35k worth of drugs remanded on bail

Man pressurised into holding €35k worth of drugs remanded on bail

An expectant father who was put under pressure to hold €35,000 worth of drugs because of threats made against his brother has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Jason Kearns (30) of Stanaway Road, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of 61 grams of cocaine worth €4,300 and 1,515 grams of cannabis herb worth €30,300, at his home on March 20, 2015. He has two previous road traffic convictions.

Judge Melanie Greally adjourned the case to May 9, having heard evidence and ordered a probation report.

Garda Catriona Gallagher told Caroline Cummings BL, prosecuting that Kearns' home was searched following a tip off and found cocaine in the kitchen and cannabis herb in the sitting room.

Kearns told officers he had been made store the drugs because of a debt his brother had run up after drugs he had been holding were seized by gardaí.

Colm O'Briain SC, defending said his client's partner was expecting their first child this coming April.

He said his client had worked in retail management, as a life guard and in a sports shop but he was on social welfare at the time of his arrest.

Counsel said Kearns' brother was “out of the jurisdiction” at the moment because threats were made against him after a drug haul he had been holding was seized by gardaí. Kearns was then put under pressure to take on his brother's drug debt.

Mr O' Briain submitted that Kearns' role was at the “lesser end” of the drugs operation.

Sonya McLean