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High price Delivery driver turned cannabis dealer after finding Ireland 'very expensive'

The accused had been in a “desperate situation” trying to get by, pay the rent and fund a habit, his lawyer said.

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Cannabis plants (stock) (PA)

Cannabis plants (stock) (PA)

Cannabis plants (stock) (PA)

A DELIVERY driver turned to cannabis dealing to make ends meet when he found it “very expensive” to live in Ireland and became desperate.

Vicinius Ribeiro (33) was also feeding his own addiction to the drug when he decided to buy it in bulk and sell it to his friends, a court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him a nine-month suspended sentence.

Ribeiro, from Brazil, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at his apartment at Marrowbone Lane in the south inner city.

The court heard gardai searched the address on October 6 last year and discovered a quantity of cannabis in Ribeiro’s bedroom.

Bagging and weighing scales were also found, as well as evidence of suspected drugs transactions.

The accused was arrested and made admissions under caution. He had no previous convictions.

Ribeiro came here a year ago to better his life, his lawyer said.

He was not making that much money, bought the drugs in bulk and decided he would sell some to his friends.

He knew this was very foolish and he was doing so mainly to feed his own cannabis addiction, his lawyer said.

“He’s only here a year and he’s dealing drugs,” Judge Smyth said.

The accused had been in a “desperate situation” trying to get by, pay the rent and fund a habit, his lawyer said.

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“It’s quite expensive to live here,” the lawyer said.

The judge suspended the sentence for two years.

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