Painter had 3k cocaine hidden in gear stick
Jonathan Beasley (23) was bringing the cocaine to a drop off point when gardai stopped and searched his vehicl adidas outlet e.
A court heard that Beasley had the package as he was trying to pay off a drug debt after he developed a cocaine habit.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report to see if Beasley is suitable to complete 240 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.
Beasley, of Boroimhe Willows, in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Garda Sergeant Bob Kavanagh said gardai were on mobile patrol on River Valley Road, Swords, around adidas outlet 12.15am on April 7, 2012 when they stopped a car.
Sgt Kavanagh said it was being driven erratically and gardai searched its as the driver was acting suspiciously.
The sergeant said the gear stick was loose and when gardai searched the area they found cocaine, all in individual wraps, hidden in the gear stick.
The court heard Beasley has three previous convictions, including a previous conviction for a drugs related matter.
Defence solicitor Richard Young said Beasley co operated fully with gardai and admitted the drug adidas outlet was cocaine.
He said the defendant developed a cocaine habit in late 2008 or early 2009 and owed a drug debt.
As a result, he was told to take the bag of cocaine and bring it to a drop off point. He was bringing the cocaine to the drop off point when he was stopped by gardai.