A MAN dealing cocaine in Cork city had such a chronic addiction to the drug himself that in his own words he “snorted any profits.”
Gardaí seized a total of €4,200 worth of cocaine at two addresses in the same housing estate and today the accused man who admitted responsibility for both stashes was sentenced to three months in jail.
Judge Con O’Leary imposed that sentence on Roy Corriea, aged 30, with an address at 77 Ardmore Avenue, Knocknaheeny, Cork, at Cork District Court.
Donal Daly, defence solicitor, said the bulk of the cocaine was found at another house in the Ardmore Avenue estate but that Corriea was anxious to accept responsibility in respect of both stashes.
Mr Daly submitted that without the admissions it would have been difficult to prosecute the defendant, particularly on the charges of possessing the cocaine and having the illegal drug for the purpose of sale or supply at the other person’s address.
Det. Garda Paul Leahy said gardaí carried out both searches back on March 31, 2018.
The total value of cocaine between the two properties was €4,360.
Mr Daly, solicitor, said the defendant had tried to rehabilitate a number of times but nothing worked.
He went to Bruree, County Limerick, twice and also tried to get rid of his cocaine addiction through Victory Outreach.
He said Corriea finally managed to get off drugs when he was caught for these offences.
Detective Garda Leahy agreed with Mr Daly that Corriea was visibly in better physical condition today than he was when arrested with the two stashes of cocaine almost two years ago.
Inspector Margaret Murrell said the defendant had 47 previous convictions, the majority of which were Road Traffic Act offences.
However, he did have four previous convictions for having drugs for his own use between 2009 and 2011.