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The White Stuff Milkman selling cocaine had 'business plan' for his profits

Donegal man admits building cocaine press to supply drugs to "Dublin boys"

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Brian Shiels at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

Brian Shiels at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

Brian Shiels at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

A MILKMAN caught with a cocaine pressing machine and €19,000 in cash at his home even had a business plan containing "projected profits" from drug dealing.

Gardaí visited the home of Brian Shiels at Umlagh Cottages in Carrigart in Co Donegal on October 21 last year, with a search warrant.

A search of the house found €19,000 in cash in his bedroom drawer and a further €9,040 in a bedroom belonging to his sister.

In a shed they found two iPhones containing "tick lists" of people to whom Shiels was supplying drugs to.

The shed also contained a cocaine press which the accused had built himself.

Shields appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to one charge of money laundering.

Shiels, now aged 33, made full admissions to gardaí when confronted and even told Garda Patrick Kelly what the cocaine press was as he was unsure.

He admitted the cash came from the sale and supply of drugs.

Barrister for Shiels, Fiona Crawford, said it appeared that her client seemed to have told gardaí more than they knew.

Gda Kelly agreed that the accused was "very forthcoming". Ms Crawford said Shiels had been put under pressure by a third party to build the cocaine press and that he was selling cocaine to "Dublin boys".

At one stage, the court heard, Shiels had left Donegal to live in Barcelona to get away from those putting him under pressure but had returned just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

The court was told the €9,040 was nothing to do with drugs and was his sister's cash which gardaí accepted. Ms Crawford also said that a "business plan" had been found which Gda Kelly agreed was a plan for "projected profits" from drug dealing.

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The publicity from the case had caused a great deal of embarrassment in the locality for Shiels, added Ms Crawford.

She said he had left school early but had returned to college where he had studied computer servicing and was also a part-time milkman.

Ms Crawford said Shiels has a partner of five years and had no trappings of wealth, adding this was "a turn in the road for him".

Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until next week for final sentencing.

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