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Monday 24 July 2017

Dad in debt was 'minder' for €2,000 cocaine stash

Bernard Dillon fell off scaffolding and into debt
Bernard Dillon fell off scaffolding and into debt

A father caught with €2,000 of cocaine had agreed to mind the drug after he fell into debt while unemployed, a court heard.

Bernard Dillon (33) injured his back on a building site and was waiting for an operation when he agreed to look after the drug for another person.

Judge Fiona Lydon ad-journed the hearing for a pre- sentence probation report.

Father-of-one Dillon, of Belclare Green, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

Dublin District Court heard he was taken to Ballymun Garda Station following a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act last December 8.

In the station, he handed over to gardai a package that contained cocaine worth €2,000.

He made admissions in relation to the sale or supply of the drug.

The court heard that Dillon had 27 previous convictions, many of which were for motor- ing offences, while some were for public order and two for simple possession of drugs.

Fallen

He had no previous convictions for sale or supply of drugs.

His record dated between 2005 and 2015.

Dillon had fallen off scaffolding last year and suffered a serious back injury, his barrister John Griffin said.

He had been in employment up until then.

He was now using a walking stick and was awaiting surgery.

His operation had been postponed after a bereavement.

Dillon had serious issues with drink and drugs and fell into debt when he was not in employment.

He was using drugs when he agreed to mind the cocaine for another individual, said Mr Griffin.

Dillon was no longer using drugs and was now on prescribed medication.

His child was two-years-old and was living at home with him.

Judge Lydon briefly put the case back for consideration and, when it resumed, she said she wanted to see a probation report.

She adjourned the case for finalisation on a later date.

"I think it would be appropriate for him to be referred to the Probation Service," she said.

Judge Lydon remanded the accused on continuing bail

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