SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE FOR ‘IDIOTIC’ DONEGAL PLUMBER WHO SET UP DRUG-DEALING BUSINESS

first_imgA 24-year-old Lifford man who set up a €10,000 drug-dealing business at his home after losing his job as a plumber has been given community service and a suspended prison sentence for his crimes.Letterkenny District Court heard how Gda Derek Connaughton and his colleagues discovered a huge range of drugs after searching the home of Ben Quinn at Drumleen, Lifford, on Juy 20 last year.The raid took place after Quinn was stopped at Lifford Bridge and found to have drugs in his possession. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that in the follow-up operation cash and drugs were found in the attic of Quinn’s home.This included €2,487 euros worth of cannabis herb as well as £1,610 sterling and 147 tablets.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that the haul between cash and drugs was worth close to €10,000.Quinn’s barrister Peter Nolan said his client had been working as a builder and apprentice plumber before losing his job.He said the wider Quinn family had been “mortified” by Ben Quinn’s actions.Quinn was now a father of an eight-month-old and had realised “the complete stupidity” of his actions.He had a favourable report from the probation service which included the view that Quinn was at low risk of re-offending.“What he did was idiotic to say the least,” said Mr Nolan.“This was a foolish attempt to earn easy money and as we all know there is no such thing as easy money and Mr Quinn is now paying the consequences of that.“He is trying his best to work again to support his partner and child. He is working two days per week in building work in the North.“He has learned his lesson and has shown remorse realising that he is looking down the barrel of a custodial sentence.”Judge Kelly said the offences were “anything other than a trivial matter.”The judge went on: “These are serious matters – the supply of drugs is one of the greatest scourges to affect this country.”He sentenced Quinn to 200 hours community service in lieu of an eight month prison sentence for supplying drugs and gave him a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, on a second charge of supplying drugs.He was also fined €400 for possession of drugs. The cash was forfeited to the State and a destruction order granted for the disposal of the cannabis and pills.SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE FOR ‘IDIOTIC’ DONEGAL PLUMBER WHO SET UP DRUG-DEALING BUSINESS was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ben Quinncourtdonegaldrug dealerdrugsDrumleenletterkennyLiffordlast_img