Man gets seven years for storing cocaine

A young man who developed a cocaine addiction after becoming unemployed has been sentenced to seven years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for storing €34,060 of the drug.

A young man who developed a cocaine addiction after becoming unemployed has been sentenced to seven years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for storing €34,060 of the drug.

Gary Richardson (aged 29) of Deansrath Road, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his home on May 29, 2009.

Garda Ciaran O’Neill told Mr Patrick McGrath BL, prosecuting, that gardai acting on confidential information searched Richardsons’ home and found 486 grammes of cocaine in a Lidl bag in a bedroom.

Richardson told the gardai that he had got the drugs that day from a person he did not want to name and was only supposed to hold them for a few hours. He said he was doing it “for the money”.

Mr Thomas Pearse BL, defending, said Richardson had developed a cocaine addiction after becoming unemployed but was now clean of drugs.

He said Richardson wanted to do his Leaving Certificate and become a productive member of society.

Judge Katherine Delahunt sentenced him to seven years with the final two suspended for a further seven years. She also ordered he continue addiction treatment on his release.

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