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Sunday 24 September 2017

Dad swapped motorbike for 50 bags of coke

A FATHER-of-one swapped his motorbike for 50 bags of cocaine to share with his friends at the Oxegen music festival, a court heard.

Darren McGarry (24) was arrested and charged with drug supply after gardai searched him and found seven deals of cocaine still in his possession.

A judge adjourned the case against him for the preparation of a probation report after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

McGarry, with an address at Tymon North Road, Tallaght, admitted a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply at Dean Street, Dublin 8, on June 28 last year

Dublin District Court heard gardai stopped and searched a car driven by the defendant at 2.30pm and found two packages containing the drugs, with a total street value of €375.

McGarry was arrested and brought to Kevin Street Garda Station, where he admitted possession of the drug for his own use and "for sharing with friends at the Oxegen music event".

The defendant had no previous drugs convictions.



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The drugs were intended for the upcoming event and the defendant had made admissions to the gardai, his barrister Brian Storan said.

When gardai asked him if he had a drug problem, he said: "I do, yeah, kind of." He said to gardai: "I was in hospital once after doing a weekend of sniff and I took a panic attack."

McGarry was no longer taking drugs, Mr Storan said.

"He admitted he developed a bit of a problem with cocaine," he told the court. "This has been a wake-up call for him."

The defendant and his girlfriend, who was in court with him, had a five-year-old child together. He had been working as a carpenter until last November and was now out of work and in receipt of social welfare.

The defendant had a very supportive family and his grandfather was a peace commissioner.

McGarry understood the charge he was facing was very serious and he was willing to undergo urinalysis tests if required by the court.

Judge Murphy adjourned the case to a date in March. The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

aphelan@herald.ie

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