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Thursday 13 December 2018

Halloween reveller on way to party was caught with cocaine

Brian Adams pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine
Brian Adams pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine

A Halloween reveller was on his way to a party when gardai stopped him and found him to be in possession of cocaine, a court has heard.

Brian Adams (31) was planning to take the drugs at the party when gardai carried out the search.

Judge Miriam Walsh fined him €500 at Blanchardstown District Court.

Adams, of St Ronan's Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

The court heard gardai searched Adams under the Misuse of Drugs Act after they stopped him at Cedarbrook Walk, Ballyfermot, on October 30, 2015.

He was found in possession of three wraps of cocaine, which had an estimated street value of €150.

Adams was later summonsed for the offence.

Problem

The court heard Adams had a number of previous convictions, including three for possession of drugs.

Adams, who worked as a roofer, had a "little bit of a problem" at the time of the offence, his barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.

He was going to a Halloween party and planned to enjoy himself in an illegal fashion, the court heard. He was no longer taking drugs.

Adams was young when his father died and he was raised by his brother, who was 18 at the time of his father's death.

Adams went "off the rails for quite a while," which resulted in his earlier convictions.

He had now been in a stable relationship with his girlfriend for a number of years and she had been a calming and positive influence on him.

Judge Walsh said she had been considering imposing a suspended sentence but instead fined the accused.

She gave him two months to pay the fine.

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