Cork hostel resident jailed for nine months for intent to sell tablets

Cork hostel resident jailed for nine months for intent to sell tablets
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A resident of a hostel who was caught with a stash of relaxant tablets for himself and for supplying to friends has been jailed for nine months.

William Kenny was caught with 60 Alprazolam tablets in his room at St. Vincent’s hostel on Anglesea Terrace.

He pleaded guilty to having these drugs for sale or supply and Judge Olann Kelleher sentenced him to nine months in prison.

When his room was searched by gardaí with a warrant they found those tablets and they also found a small amount of cannabis for his own use.

William Kenny, who is aged in his mid-30s, admitted he was going to sell the tablets to friends.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the accused had a longstanding multi-substance addiction.

“He successfully completed a programme at Coolmine (treatment centre) but because of social circumstances he fell back into substance abuse.

“While housed at St. Vincent’s hostel he acquired Alprazolam. He was taking the substance. It was a very very low level operation (supplying). He admitted the matter fully. He has re-attended counselling in prison.

“His plan is to transfer from prison to Coolmine if everything goes well for him,” Mr Buttimer said.

Judge Kelleher noted that the accused was presently serving a sentence and had 67 previous convictions.

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