Court told man agreed to store over €320k of illegal drugs in exchange for €50 payment

A father-of-three agreed to store over €320,000 of illegal drugs in his bedroom in exchange for payment of €50, a court has heard.

David Fox (51) of Croftwood Cresent, Ballyfermot, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis and cocaine for sale or supply at his address on November 5, 2016.

Detective Garda Michael McNulty told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question gardaí searched the address on foot of a warrant and discovered a large cardboard box on the floor beside the accused's bed.

The box contained 6.92kg of cannabis and 2.59kg of cocaine. The total combined value of the drugs is €320,313.

Det Gda McNulty said that Fox initially indicated that one of his three daughters residing in the house was responsible for the drugs and that she seemed to go along with it out of loyalty. Fox later accepted sole responsibility for holding the drugs.

The accused told gardaí he was short on money and had agreed to hold the drugs for one night in exchange for payment of €50. He said he does not have a drug debt and does not owe anyone else money.

Fox has no previous convictions. The court heard he has split from his partner and went through a long custody battle for care of his two youngest daughters.

Det Gda McNulty agreed with Michael Lynn SC, defending, that he would not dispute the suggestion that Fox was unaware of the value of the drugs. He said he found it hard to believe Fox only received €50 in exchange for holding them, but said he had no way of disproving it.

Judge Melanie Greally commented that in some ways it almost seemed worse that one would involve oneself in criminal behaviour for only €50. She adjourned the matter pending the completion of a psychological assessment to July 17, next.

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