A MAN who admitted supplying cocaine to his friends was mixing the drug with hay fever tablets and baby teething granules, Limerick District Court has heard.
Mark Sheehy, 40, of St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, pleaded guilty to simple possession and possession for sale or supply on June 7, 2013.
Detective Garda David McGrath had found five deals of cocaine with a street value of over €300, as well as a digital scales and other paraphernalia in Mr Sheehy’s bedroom on that date.
He had initially claimed the drugs were for his own use before he later admitted he intended to supply friends.
“It was at the lower end of the scale. He kept two bags for himself and mixed the other three down with the Teetha baby teething granules and the hay fever tablets to offset the cost,” said Det Garda McGrath.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly asked solicitor John Herbert whether the accused’s friends had known that they were buying adulterated cocaine and, notwithstanding the fact that it was illegal, that they were being “short-changed”.
Mr Herbert said he was unaware if this was the case but added that Mr Sheehy had been off drugs since the detection last June.
Judge O’Kelly noted two previous convictions for drug dealing from 2008 and it was concerning to note that Mr Sheehy had all the paraphernalia associated with the same activity last year.
“There was no tick list, there was no large amount of cash,” Mr Herbert said.
“Yes but he was giving it out to his friends and not out of Christian charity,” said Judge O’Kelly.
The judge noted, however, Det Garda McGrath’s comments that Mr Sheehy was no longer on the radar of gardai.
He sentenced him to five months in prison, suspended for two years, for drug dealing with the simple possession charge taken into consideration.