A TALENTED soccer player who was spotted by gardai snorting cocaine outside a pub had bought the drug to share with his friends, a court heard.
Dubliner Darren Weafer (26) was found with five deals of cocaine, worth over €430, after he was stopped and searched by gardai.
Weafer, a gifted soccer player who previously played with Shelbourne and Bohemians, and who had trials in Britain, denied he was a drug dealer, saying he bought the drugs for €200 to share with his friends.
Judge John O'Neill ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing until June.
Weafer, of Collins Drive in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
The incident took place outside the Fingal House in Finglas on August 22 last year.
Garda Aidan O'Halloran said he was on mobile patrol shortly before 2am when he saw Weafer snorting a white powder outside a pub.
He then saw him share the powder with a number of others. Garda O'Halloran stopped and searched him, and found him with five deals of cocaine, worth €437.
He had no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Conor Ruane said Weafer realises the seriousness of the charge, but that while he was supplying his friends, he is not a drug dealer and was not making a profit from selling cocaine.
The court heard that Weafer is a very good player, that he previously played for Shelbourne and Bohemians, and still plays with his local club.
Mr Ruane asked the judge to leave Weafer without a convictions, saying he is currently out of work, and that he and his girlfriend, a graphic designer, hope to go travelling.
Judge O'Neill ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing until June.