Illegal drug had been widely available in shop

Over €1,000 worth of an illegal drug was found in a house in Bishopstown but it was claimed yesterday the drug had been widely available legally a year before the garda search.

Cillian Irish, aged 23, pleaded guilty yesterday to having methylethcathinone, commonly referred to as mephedrone, for the purpose of sale or supply to others at the rented house in Strattan Pines, Bishopstown, Cork, on Feb 28, 2012.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the law in relation to the drug had changed in 2011. He said that up to that point, the drug was widely sold in head shops around the country.

Mr Buttimer said he was not saying Irish, of Glendower Court, Ballincollig, Co Cork, had bought the drug from such a shop, but was making the point about its easy availability and its legality up to 2011.

Judge Leo Malone said Irish could do 160 hours of community service instead of six months in prison for having the drug for sale or supply.

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