Cocaine and cash found during search of house in County Limerick

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

Kilmallock Court

Kilmallock Court

BRUFF gardai found almost €1,500 worth of cocaine when they raided a house, Kilmallock Court heard.

James O’Donnell, aged 43, of Ballygibba, Kilmallock  pleaded guilty to having drugs for sale or supply at Holycross, Bruff. Sergeant Michelle Leahy said on March 13, 2018, gardai searched a property.

“They found two electronic weighing scales, €1,735 in  cash and 21.03 grammes of cocaine valued at €1,407. The defendant was fully co-operative,” said Mr O’Donnell.

Lee-Ann Purcell, solicitor for O’Donnell, said her client has a partner and four children.

“He had serious drink and drug addictions. He is actively engaging in treatment for his drink and drug abuse. He still has issues with drink. He is looking into rehab,” said Ms Purcell. The solicitor said O’Donnell was selling drugs to feed his own habit.

“He has moved away from people he was hanging about with. He understands the gravity of it. His family currently live in a mobile home. He co-operated fully with gardai. He is his own worst enemy and is looking for help,” said Mr Purcell.

Judge John King ordered a report from the Probation Services to include suitability for community service. 

“When someone goes into sale or supply it takes a lot not to convince me to impose a custodial sentence,” said Judge King.