A man who runs his own business in Laois was given a six month suspended sentence when he pleaded guilty at a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court to possessing for sale or supplying €470 worth of ecstasy tablets and to possessing drugs.
The man pleaded guilty to the offences which took on 3 August 2019.
Garda Sergeant JJ Kirby said that when gardaí searched a premises they found 47 ecstasy tablets. He said that the defendant, who had 15 previous convictions, admitted, at the time, to supply the drugs.
Solicitor Barry Fitzgerald said that his client had a heavy addiction with drugs. He had been doing well in tackling his problem, but had relapsed.
Mr Fitzgerald said: “It wasn’t his house. He fessed up that they were in his possession and had been using drugs at the time. Since then he is doing well and is now drug free.”
Judge Catherine Staines imposed the suspended sentence on the possessing for sale or supply offence and took the other matter into account.
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