€12,000 cannabis case is adjourned
A 46-year-old Wexford town man who pleaded guilty to having cannabis worth €12,000 in the kitchen of his home has had his case adjourned.
Michael Beaver, 9 Wygram Court, Davitt Rod North, Wexford town, pleaded guilty before Judge Barry Hickson at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court to having cannabis in his home at 9 Wygram Court for sale or supply on February 19, 2013.
Sgt Ray Heffernan told Prosecuting Counsel Sinead Gleeson that following an investigation a search warrant was obtained to search the defendant's home.
When gardai arrived at the house the defendant was not present, but a bag containing cannabis with an estimated street value of €12,000 was found in the kitchen.
The defendant, said Sgt Heffernan, had 10 previous convictions.
Defence Counsel James Peart told the court that the defendant, in his statement, admitted he was stuck for money, and was struggling with a €10,000 credit union loan.
The defendant, said Mr. Peart, has two children, which he has custody of. A carpenter by trade, he is not in full-time employment at present, explained Mr Peart. His previous convictions were alcohol related, which is no longer an issue for him.
Judge Hickson said that having read the various reports the defendant had a drug debt of €9000 while he also states that he was threatened with being shot if the debt was not paid. Judge Hickson also noted that having sole custody of his two children adds to his responsibilities.
Judge Hickson said there were a lot of positives in his situation. He adjourned the matter to the next sessions to see if he could remain drugs free and keep himself out of trouble.