'Come back drugs free or go to jail for two years'
A SOUTH WEXFORD man has been warned that he will face a two-year prison sentence should he fail to remain drugs free over the next twelve months.
24-year-old Michael Dillon, of Robinstown, Duncormick, pleaded guilty before Judge Barry Hickson at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court, to possessing cannabis, on December 4, 2010. He also pleaded guilty to having a quantity of the drug BZP on the same occasion. He also pleaded guilty to two charges of the selling or supply of each drug.
Prosecuting Counsel, Philip Sheahan, told the court that the defendant pleaded guilty on May 7, having previously pleaded not guilty in December to all counts.
Det. Garda David Beale told the court that a quantity of drugs were found in a field by a Matthew Monaghan. The land, which was owned by Mr. Monaghan, is not far from the defendant's home.
Det. Beale said the drugs, cannabis and BZP, were found in an ammunition box. Following enquiries carried out by Mr. Monaghan it was brought to his attention that a male was observed driving in the area. The car was traced to a Maria Dillon, the defendant's mother.
After the defendant's home was searched, he was arrested and brought to Wexford Garda Station where he was interviewed on three occasions.
He admitted that the drugs were his. The drugs were analysed and a total value was estimated at €12,700.
Det. Beale said BZP was a stimulant drug similar to 'speed' which could be found in Head Shops.
He said that the defendant is a native of Clonmel but now lived in Duncormick. During the course of the interview, he admitted he was selling drugs in the immediate area where he was living.
Det Beale said where the drugs were found was an isolated area. The defendant had previous convictions for public order and criminal damage.
Defence Counsel, Denis Collins, said the defendant previously mixed with people who were involved in drugs.
Ever since this offence he has been on the straight and narrow. The defendant comes from a respectable family and is not someone who was making a huge amount from drugs, he said.
In evidence Michael Dillon said that following this he went back to work and qualified as a carpenter. He is now off drugs and trains six days a week in a gym.
While he is drugs free, Judge Hickson said the defendant is not yet out of the woods. He said he would adjourn the case for twelve months.
The Judge told the defendant that should he continue working with the Probation Officer and return to the court in twelve months time drugs free, he would consider community service. Should Dillon not adhere to those conditions, he will impose a sentence of two years in prison.
The case was adjourned the case to July 2014.