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Hotel worker led gardai to his €1,300 drugs stash

A hotel supervisor who showed gardai where he had hidden cocaine and cannabis in his home has been given a six-month sentence, suspended for three years.

Keith Yeomans (30) managed to hold down a number of jobs for over a decade, despite his addictions, and spent hundreds of euro each week on cocaine.

The defendant admitted before Tallaght District Court to possession of cocaine and cannabis resin, and having the drugs for sale or supply. The street value of the drugs amounted to €1,300.

Garda Michael McGrath said he obtained a search warrant and searched Yeomans' home at Russell Lawns around 9pm on May 29 last year.

Garda McGrath said he was met at the door by Yeomans who handed over a bag of cocaine which was in his tracksuit bottoms.

A second bag of cocaine along with a lump of cannabis resin was found in a coat in the defendant's bedroom, while a second lump of cannabis resin was found in the sitting room.

Garda McGrath said Yeomans told gardai where the drugs were hidden, and took full responsibility for them.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Yeomans was not operating a commercial enterprise, but was sharing the drug with a friend, and they took turns to buy the drugs.

As well as the suspended sentence, Judge McDonnell fined Yeomans €1,000.

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