'First time' drug dealer sold ecstasy to a garda
A YOUNG man caught selling ecstasy to an undercover garda on a Dublin street in his "first venture" in drug dealing has been given a four-month suspended sentence.
Stephen Kidd (23) had the sentence suspended after he admitted a charge of possession of the drug for sale or supply.
The defendant, with an address at Carton's Lane, Church Street, pleaded guilty to the offence, which happened at Henrietta Street on January 13 last.
Garda Declan O'Keeffe said the accused sold ecstasy worth €120 to an undercover officer.
The defendant had previous convictions, but not for a similar offence.
"As far as you are aware, this is his first venture into this type of transaction," defence solicitor Declan Fahy said to the garda.
The court heard the gardai made contact through a telephone number and while they did not know if it was Kidd who answered to make the arrangement, he did turn up for the transaction.
Judge Timothy Lucey warned the defendant that the offence he was charged with "almost always" had the possibility of a custodial sentence.
He said the accused had been very foolish to get involved but noted that the value of the drugs involved was relatively small.
He suspended the sentence for a year on condition that the defendant keeps the peace and is of good behaviour.