Man pooled money with friends to buy cocaine
A Dublin man pooled his money with two friends to buy cocaine for a party.
Keith Foley (42) admitting supplying the drug to two friends, saying they had agreed to buy it together and share it.
Judge Grainne O'Neill ordered Foley to complete 100 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.
The defendant admitted before Swords District Court to possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Garda David Smith said gardai obtained a warrant and searched the defendant's home at St Catherine's Grove in Rush on December 21 last year.
During the search, gardai found cocaine with a street value of €600.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Foley and two of his friends had pooled their money to buy the drug.
Ms D'Arcy said the defendant's girlfriend had tragically died in a car crash a number of years ago.
She said Foley had suffered from depression and anxiety ever since, and as a result he was unable to work.
The solicitor said Foley has had "a lot to cope with" in recent years, but that he did not have a problem with drugs.
She also added that he did not have a previous conviction for drugs.