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Monday 5 December 2016

Dealer who sold drugs to pay debt avoids prison

Peter Dollard pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis
Peter Dollard pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis

A man who was selling drugs because he owed a debt has avoided a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service work.

Peter Dollard (35) received cannabis 'on tick' to sell it so he could clear his debt, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

The father-of-three was caught with €2,053 worth of cannabis herb, along with deal bags and a weighing scales when gardai searched his home.

He admitted to gardai he owed money and was selling the drugs to pay off the debt.

His defence solicitor said the 35-year-old admitted he was selling the drugs for about three months prior to gardai searching his house.

"He owed money," the solicitor said, adding that Dollard had to "weigh, bag and sell the drugs to pay off the debt".

"He doesn't take drugs any more," the solicitor said.

The court heard Dollard has two previous convictions. Judge David McHugh said he was satisfied Dollard cooperated with gardai and, because he does not have a previous conviction for selling and supplying drugs, said he would give him a chance.

Dollard, of Foxdene Drive, Balgaddy in Lucan, pleaded guilty to having cannabis herb for sale or supply contrary to Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act at his home address on April 10, 2014.

Guilty

He further pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis herb contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

After the Probation Services deemed Dollard suitable for community service work, Judge McHugh ordered he complete 120 hours in lieu of a three-month prison sentence. "If he had a previous Section 15 (Sale or Supply of Drugs) offence he would have lost his liberty for some time," Judge McHugh said.

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