A drugs dealer moved to Galway city from his native Ballina, Co Mayo, because he became worried that the gardai were on to him, Galway District Court heard yesterday.
Eddie Corcoran (25), of The Acres, Knocknacarra Road, Salthill,
was given two suspended six-month prison sentences and fines of £1,300
after he pleaded guilty to having ecstasy tablets for distribution.
The court heard he had 186 ecstasy tablets in a bag as he left his
workplace on May 13th. It is believed the drugs were for dealers in
Ballina and Castlebar.
Corcoran, a cook by occupation and an assistant manager in a Galway
diner, pleaded guilty to being in possession of illegal drugs and being
in possession of illegal drugs with intent to sell or supply. The court
heard that Corcoran's apartment had been under Garda surveillance for
some time and following a search, four grammes of amphetamine were found
on the premises.
When stopped by gardai as he left his workplace he readily admitted
to being in possession of nearly 200 tablets which were later found to
be epherdrine and not ecstasy.
Garda Michael Staunton said Corcoran made a detailed statement and
had fully co-operated, giving them the name of one of his suppliers. In
his statement, Corcoran admitted dealing in cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.
His employer told the court yesterday he was amazed at "the other
side" of his employee, whom he trusted enough to appoint as assistant
manager, responsible for the daily cashflow and 10 other staff.