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Security guard who described himself as a 'moron' faces jail over drug possession

Joseph Moore
Joseph Moore

A supermarket security guard is facing jail for possession of nearly €10,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine.

Joseph Moore (30) told gardaí that the drugs found at his father's home were for his own use.

The drugs found by gardaí during a planned search of the house consisted of cocaine with an estimated street value of €7,735 and an estimated €2,142 in cannabis herb.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Moore came from a decent hard working family and his father was a retired civil servant who had worked for three decades in the Department of Justice.

Dean Kelly BL, defending, said his client described himself as a moron. He said Moore's father was disgusted and mortified by his son's behaviour but was still in court to support him.

Moore of Clonshaugh Drive, Clonshaugh, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Clonshaugh Drive on October 5, 2015.

Garda Janice Gray from Coolock garda station testified that when gardaí went to the house with a search warrant Moore's brother David answered the door.

Asked if there was anything illegal in the house this man said “yeah, in the shed”.

Gardaí found a rucksack with bags of cannabis herb in the shed.

They searched the house and found the cocaine, a digital weighing scales, and “street deal baggies”, Gda Gray said.

She said the defendant told them the drugs were for his own use but he later pleaded guilty to drug dealing.

Gda Gray agreed with Mr Kelly that Moore was open to being used by people with more “criminal guile”.

Mr Kelly said these people approached him to hold drugs for them and he was getting a share of the drugs for his own use.

He said his client smoked large amounts of cannabis every day.

He said Moore had built up a debt of €70,000 in unpaid motorways tolls with eFlow by driving across the city and the M50 to visit his then partner.

Counsel said he couldn't believe this figure himself but investigated it and found that unpaid tolls could become multiples because of charges. He said Moore's father settled this debt with eFlow with a €6,700 settlement.

Mr Kelly said his client works as a security guard in Dunnes Stores and has a good work record. He said his father, who now works as a taxi driver, was profoundly exasperated by his son's action.

Gda Gray agreed, adding: “I do feel sorry for his father”.

Judge Karen O'Connor adjourned the case for sentencing to July 18 next.