Man pleads guilty to cocaine possession

A Swords father-of-three who hid cocaine under stones outside his house for a friend is to be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A Swords father-of-three who hid cocaine under stones outside his house for a friend is to be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Lewis Goize of Cian Lea, Rathbeale Road pleaded guilty to possession of 16.43 grammes of cocaine valued at €1,150 at his home on July 24, 2008.

Garda Eoin Roche told Ms Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting that on foot of confidential information received he obtained a search warrant for Goize’s house.

When gardaí arrived at Goize’s house they asked him was there any cocaine in the premises and after a number of minutes Goize brought gardaí to the front of the house and after digging around under loose pebbles, a bag containing two pellets of cocaine was located.

“He admitted the cocaine was his and said at the time he was in financial difficulties but the drugs were given to him by someone else to hold onto them,” said Gda Roche.

Mr Paul McDermott SC, defending said Goize apologises to the court for his actions and explained that he was remorseful and has no previous convictions.

Judge Katherine Delahunt remanded Goize on bail until January for a probation report.

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