€120 fine for drug dealing
A YOUNG Wexford man who was dealing cannabis has been fined €120.
Sean O'Flynn (23), of 28 Ard Alainn, Castlebridge, was charged with possession of cannabis for sale/supply at 17 Corry's Villas, Wexford, on March 17, 2010.
Tim Cummings, for O'Flynn, noted that the probation officer's report relating to his client was 'very encouraging'.
Judge William Earley heard from Inspector Pat McDonald that a search on the property led to the Gardai seizing cannabis in plastic bags from a bedroom.
Following his arrest, O'Flynn admitted that he had been dealing drugs for a few months since he lost his job.
Mr Cummings said that O'Flynn had been an apprentice plumber and accepts that 'it was the entirely wrong thing to do' to turn to selling drugs after losing his job.
He said that O'Flynn's girlfriend had a baby in February which had focused his mind, which was borne out by his level of co-operation with the probation service and his engagement with the Cornmarket Project in Wexford.
Mr Cummings said his client, who has no previous convictions, has hopes to travel in the future due to the economic downturn and asked the judge to consider not imposing a conviction for a drugs offence, which could greatly hinder those plans.
However, Judge Earley said he would be imposing a conviction and fined O'Flynn €120.