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18 May 2022

Laois man selling cocaine 'to fund his own addiction'

Laois man selling cocaine 'to fund his own addiction'

A probation and welfare report was ordered for a man who admitted selling cocaine to fund his own addiction.

Darren Hanley, 24, of Boherard, Clough, Ballacolla was arrested when gardai searched a property at Errill village and discovered cocaine and MDMA on November 3, 2018. 

Sgt JJ Kirby said 100 blue tablets and white power were found during the search at a property where the defendant and others were present. The items were found in his room and analysis of his phone showed evidence of drug dealing on his messenger app, said Sgt Kirby. 

Gardai put a value of €1,735 on the drugs.  “He made admissions to selling cocaine” and said he was selling to “feed his own habit,” said Sgt Kirby. 

Solicitor Barry Fitzgerald said his client was “simply selling cocaine to fund his own addiction.” He claimed his arrest had been a catalyst to change and he “kicked the cocaine habit” and “he is in a different place now.”  Mr Fitzgerald said his client was pleading guilty at an early opportunity.   

Judge Patricia Cronin said the defendant was facing very serious charges. She ordered a probation and welfare report and put the matter back to July 21.   

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