Roofer was dealing cocaine to pay off his own drug debt
A Dublin man caught with €1,800 worth of cocaine at his home had turned to dealing to pay off his own drug debt, a court heard.
Paul Fagan (30) had cocaine as well as weighing and bagging paraphernalia in his house when it was raided by gardai.
Judge Cormac Dunne told Fagan, an unemployed roofer, that he was "messing up other people's lives" and adjourned the case against him for the production of a pre-sentence probation report.
Dublin District Court heard gardai carried out the search at an address at Glin Park that was shared by the accused and his partner.
They found the cocaine as well as weighing scales and a number of items of bagging equipment that were used to wrap the drug.
Fagan later presented himself at Coolock Garda Station, where he made admissions.
"He's drug dealing," Judge Dunne said.
Fagan's solicitor accepted that the value of the drugs was high.
The judge pointed out there was also weighing and packing equipment found.
"If he wants to mess up his own life, that is fine, but he's messing up other people's lives," Judge Dunne said.
Fagan had an "issue with drugs", got himself into debt and the offence was committed to pay off that debt as well as feed his own habit.
The accused had left school after completing his Junior Certificate and then got a job as a roofer, but he was out of work at the moment.
The court heard he had started smoking cannabis before moving on to cocaine and had been able to keep working.
His solicitor asked the judge to take into account the accused's guilty plea .
"You can't be selling drugs at that level," Judge Dunne said. "There are victims out there that we see in this court every day in a very poor physical and mental state."
Fagan, of Glin Park, Coolock, admitted having the drug with intent to sell or supply at an- other address on the same street. He also admitted a related charge of simple possession of cocaine in the same incident, last May 13.
The judge adjourned the case to a date in June and remanded Fagan on continuing bail.