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Drug dealer Snee gets off scot-free yet again

Darren Snee
Darren Snee

A drug-dealing Conor McGregor fan, who had €17,000 ecstasy haul charges dropped when the drug was made temporarily legal in Ireland, has avoided jail again after being caught with more than €1,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine.

Darren Snee (26), made headlines across the world in March 2015 when serious drugs charges against him were dropped after a legal loophole, briefly, made ecstasy legal in Ireland.

A ruling in the Court of Appeal meant some drugs were legal for 48 hours before emergency legislation was passed.

This week he was back in the courts in connection with drug offences.

Snee, who applied for free legal aid last December, despite attending a Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas two weeks earlier, was ordered to carry out community service this week. When the case initially came to court, Gardaí questioned how he afforded the McGregor trip if he was unemployed.

Judge David McHugh said at the time the issue was a “matter of concern”.

When Snee appeared this week he had paid for his own solicitor. 

The court heard gardaí raided his home on June 4 last year and found €963 worth of cocaine and €55 worth of cannabis. Judge McHugh ordered Snee to carry out 240 hours community service instead of a three-month prison sentence. 

It is just the latest in a string of drug convictions for Snee. 

While out on bail for those offences, Snee made a number of trips to Amsterdam, from where he posted pictures and videos on Facebook of himself and pals doing drugs and discussing taking things back to Ireland. 

The father-of-one also used his Facebook page to describe Gardaí as “fat p***ks”.