Man kept cannabis to write down drug debt

Limerick Courthouse, Merchant's Quay 11-12-12
A MAN caught with over €2,000 worth of cannabis in his flat was working off his own drug debt, Limerick District Court has heard.

A MAN caught with over €2,000 worth of cannabis in his flat was working off his own drug debt, Limerick District Court has heard.

Brent Carrig, 35, of Treaty Villas, Thomondgate, pleaded guilty to possession for sale or supply arising from a Garda search at his apartment on November 3, 2012.

John Herbert, solicitor, described his client as somebody who had led a normal life until his 25th birthday. He had become depressed and lived now “as a recluse, rarely leaving his abode”. He had begun to use cannabis on an almost daily basis and matters had “snowballed” to such an extent that he fell into debt. Holding the drugs “was supposed be a small writedown on the debt of around €1500 he owed at that point,” Mr Herbert said, adding that because of the seizure, Mr Carrig had had to make further recompense to the person who left the drugs at his flat. No tick list, weighing scales or other paraphernalia were found in the flat. Mr Carrig displayed no signs of wealth, had no previous convictions and had given up smoking cannabis.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly noted that the offence of possession of drugs for sale or supply did not distinguish between vulnerable people and those who are engaged in an enterprise. Community service would be one way of getting Mr Carrig to re-engage with society, the judge said, adding it was “not healthy to be locking yourself away for 10 years”. His suitability for 120 hours community service in lieu of three months in jail is to be assessed.