A young man caught dealing cocaine in Ballincollig over two years ago needs to be working flat out so that he cannot get high on drugs again, the sentencing judge in his case declared.
Jordan Harris, 27, appeared at Cork Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to having the cocaine and ketamine at his home at The Willows, Leesdale, Ballincollig, Co Cork, at a time when their combined street value exceeded €13,000.
Garda Chris Campbell said gardaí went to the defendant’s home in Ballincollig with a warrant on February 5, 2020, and carried out a search.
Cocaine and ketamine with a total value of €23,900 were located. When interviewed later about the stash, Jordan Harris admitted responsibility for the drugs.
Judge Sarah Berkeley was told the accused worked two days a week as a tutor for personal trainers.
He was previously convicted in Fermoy District Court in 2019 for having cannabis for sale or supply. He had a number of convictions for having drugs for his own use dating back to 2017.
Defence senior counsel Ray Boland said the accused had a difficulty with drug abuse at the time but had addressed those issues.
Judge Berkeley commented: “A tutor for personal trainers and he deals cocaine. And he was doing that at the time.”
Mr Boland thought the defendant was doing the work in the area of personal training since this offence. However, after clarification, it was established there was some overlap between the defendant’s cocaine dealing and his work in this area.
Mr Boland said the defendant had woken up to his addiction issues and appreciated the seriousness of what he was doing. “He has completely dealt with his addiction,” Mr Boland said.
“Has he?” Judge Berkeley asked, adding: “Two days a week working is not enough to keep him out of trouble. He needs to be flat out busy so that he cannot get high. Has he come through and realised — Oh yeah, that was amazing but I cannot live like that anymore?”
Mr Boland said the defendant had not come to the attention of gardaí in the period of over two years since this occurred.
Judge Berkeley said the court would need the results of certified urinalysis showing he is clear of drugs, he must attend the probation service and there needed to be proof that the drug-related period of his life was over.
Jordan Harris was remanded on continuing bail for that purpose until November 10 at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.