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Saturday 24 August 2019

Concert-goer was offering cocaine at 3 Arena dance gig

Jordan O’Reilly ‘was not a big player’, said garda officer
Jordan O’Reilly ‘was not a big player’, said garda officer

A dance music fan caught passing cocaine to another concert-goer at a gig in Dub- lin's 3 Arena has admitted a drug supply charge.

Jordan O'Reilly (19) was arrested by gardai who mounted an undercover operation at the event by DJ MK.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan said she would strike the case out, leaving him without a criminal record, if he makes a €1,000 charity donation.

She said it was a serious offence and that "drugs are destroying this country and they are destroying young people".

O'Reilly, a labourer and father-of-one of St Michan's House, Greek Street, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Gda Seamus Donoghue told Dublin District Court that the incident happened at 9pm on May 5 last year.

Gardai from Store Street station's divisional drugs unit were on duty at the concert and a number of arrests were made.

Gardai saw the accused off- ering suspected cocaine to another man in his company.

Apologised

He was approached and questioned and handed over the cocaine to the officer.

It was 3g of the drug, worth €210. O'Reilly took responsibility straight away and apologised, Gda Donoghue said.

The event itself was a dance concert and the garda said the accused was not a "big player".

O'Reilly now had a newborn baby, his barrister Patrick McCarthy said. He had been at the concert with friends and was not selling the cocaine but supplying it.

Asked by Judge McKiernan if the accused would like it if someone ever supplied cocaine to his child, he acknowledged he would not.

The accused had made a "stupid mistake" and he was acutely aware he had a young child and partner to look after, Mr McCarthy said.

"He was caught that night, how many times did he do it before that?" Judge McKiernan said.

"This was an isolated incident due to the event that was on that night," Mr McCarthy said.

"I don't think there's any suggestion he was offering it to members of the public."

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