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Coke bust Man had €1,000 worth of cocaine at home to 'pay off drug debt', court hears

Gardaí carried out a search and found 21 bags of cocaine, along with weighing scales

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A man who had €1,000 worth of cocaine in his home had agreed to hold the drug after building up a debt.

Sean McDermott (21) owed money due to his own drug use at the time gardaí found the cocaine, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for clarification of the reason for the search warrant. He also requested a probation report.

McDermott pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at his home at Ribh Road, Artane, on June 24 last year.

Gardaí carried out a search and found 21 bags of cocaine, along with weighing scales.

The value of the drugs was €1,000 and McDermott accepted responsibility for it, Garda Sergeant Tony Flanagan said. He had no previous convictions.

The accused had built up a drug debt at the time, his solicitor Claire Finnegan said.

He no longer engaged in drug use and now had a full-time job, she said, asking the judge to consider leaving him without a criminal record.

Judge Smyth said he would need to know more about what the "intelligence" was that led to the search.

He wanted this clarified because it had been put forward in mitigation that the accused was holding the drugs because of a debt.

However, if it was the case that he was dealing drugs, this would concern the court, Judge Smyth said.

He adjourned the case to September.

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