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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Dealer held in custody despite gap in drugs law

The Court of Appeal's ruling temporarily makes possession of ecstasy, benzodiazepines and some headshop drugs legal
The Court of Appeal's ruling temporarily makes possession of ecstasy, benzodiazepines and some headshop drugs legal

A DRUG dealer has raised with a Circuit Court judge the issue of yesterday's Court of Appeal ruling that the illegality of certain drugs is now unconstitutional.

Judge Martin Nolan had remanded Darren Snee (25) in custody before lunch recess yesterday after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine, cannabis and MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy, for sale or supply at his home on November 18, 2013.

The drugs had a street value of over €18,000.

Snee, of Oak Court Close, Palmerstown, Dublin, is due for sentence on March 27.

When the court resumed, hours after the Appeal Court's judgement on the loophole in Irish law, Snee's defence counsel raised the issue with Judge Nolan, claiming the decision meant that making the possession of drugs such as MDMA, head shop drugs and crystal meth illegal, was now unconstitutional.

Judge Nolan said that because Snee had also been found in possession of cocaine and cannabis, which had not been made legal, he didn't believe his remand in custody pending sentence was unfair.

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