A Cork man caught dealing €6,000 worth of cocaine has been jailed for 18 months.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a jail term of three with half of it suspended in the case against Kenneth Casey of 35 Courtown Drive, Knocknaheeny, Cork.
Casey was arraigned at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply.
Dermot Sheehan, defence barrister, said Casey had a chronic addiction and had been in contact with Heron House.
The amount of cocaine involved in the case had a street value of €6,000, Detective Garda Alan Johnson said.
The accused had six previous convictions for having drugs for his own use.
“When arrested he made full admissions,” the detective said in relation to the drugs offence which dated back to June 4 2018.
Mr Sheehan BL said Casey had taken his own steps to deal with his addiction issue. He also attended with a counsellor in Cork prison.
The 30-year-old was described in a probation report as being a high risk of re-offending.
The judge said of the report, “It was very comprehensive, setting out all his history on longstanding addiction issues.
“He engaged very well with the service even if he underplays his involvement with the crime to some extent. He has a bad and sad background. He needs structure when released.
“Possession of drugs is a serious matter. I think three years backdated to February is appropriate and I will suspend the final 18 months.”