Man Spills Cocaine On Floor Of Garda Station

Written 6 months ago by Ben Finnegan

A man tried to spill cocaine valued at €3,000 onto the floor of Tullamore Garda Station when he was taken there for a drugs search.

Jonathan Ward, aged 23 and with an address at Bay 3, Halting Site, Galway Road, Tuam, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, November 7 to possession of the drug for sale or supply.

He also admitted obstructing a garda at the station on April 24 last.

Gda Jean Tierney told Tullamore District Court the man was a front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped on the Clara Road in the town.

At the garda station he attempted to break a concealed package containing white powder and spill it onto the floor, she told the court.

Ward, who had previous convictions for drug possession, theft, assault, public order and road traffic offences, later made admissions about the cocaine when he was interviewed.

Gda Tierney agreed with Ward’s solicitor, Donal Farrelly, that the defendant said he was carrying the cocaine to pay off a drug debt.

The court heard the man, a father of one who had a cocaine habit, had handed himself in to the gardai after spending some time in England.

He had left Ireland because he feared what might happen to him if he remained at home, said Mr Farrelly.

Judge Catherine Staines noted there had been no evidence Ward wasn’t carrying the drugs because of a drug debt so she adjourned sentencing to February next year for a probation report.

She imposed a three-month suspended sentence for the obstruction offence and told the man she was giving him an opportunity to deal with his own drug problem.