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Saturday 3 December 2016

Father sold cocaine to his friends to ease 'financial hardship'

Cocaine
Cocaine

A supermarket worker caught with more than €500 worth of cocaine in his bedroom has admitted drugs charges.

Stephen White (22), a father-of-two, had been under "financial hardship" and was supplying the cocaine to friends, a court heard.

White pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to sell or supply at his home. The offence happened on September 5, 2014.

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Dublin District Court was told that gardai searched White's home at Clonshaugh Close, Dublin 17, and €534 worth of cocaine was found, broken up into deals. Cash totalling €550 was also seized.

White had money problems, was supplying drugs to his friends, and was "not making any major financial gains", his solicitor Michael French said. "It's not like he was selling drugs on the street," he added.

White worked in a supermarket distribution centre and was very concerned that a conviction could "follow him around everywhere".

Judge James Faughnan said that the accused "should have known that". He pointed out that cocaine was a "Class A drug" and fined him €250.

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