Young man operated 'cottage industry' selling drugs from house in Carrick

Search of the property by the Gardai

Young man operated 'cottage industry' selling drugs from house in Carrick

Carrick-on-Shannon Courthouse.

A student who ran a ‘cottage industry’ selling drugs from a house in Carrick-on-Shannon, has been given two suspended prison sentences for the sale and supply of drugs.

19-year-old Anik Alam, 42 Maigh Glass, Carrick-on-Shannon pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply; possession of MDMA (Phenethylamine) for sale or supply; possession of cannabis; possession of ketamine and possession of MDMA (Phenethylamine) at the above address on April 5, 2018.

In his evidence, Gda Gregory McMahon detailed the execution of a search warrant at the property last month.

The search uncovered quantities of MDMA, ketamine and cannabis. In total the drugs had a street value of €1,415.

Gardaí also recovered paraphernalia linked to the sale and supply of drugs including a weighing scales and a mobile phone. €415 in cash was also seized.

Gda McMahon said Mr Alam was “fully cooperative” with the search and later admitted to selling drugs from the property.

An examination of the mobile phone seized during the search showed a number of text messages, some of which related to the selling of drugs.

“He said he only started this three months ago (the sale and supply of drugs),” Gda McMahon added in his evidence. “The phone records also suggest this.”

Defending solicitor, Michael Keane, noted Mr Alam had been born in Bangladesh but emigrated to Ireland as a very small child with his family. He is now an Irish citizen and is studying IT at college in Blackrock.

He said his client had “put his hands up” in relation to these offences.

“He co-operated fully with gardai,” said Mr Keane adding that cannabis made up the vast majority of drugs seized in the search.

“He did this of his own free will and made a very bad mistake. He is very fearful of the consequences of this on his future career. I would ask the court to put this back for some time and ask for a probation report.

“(Mr Alam’s) father was a well known waiter here in Carrick-on-Shannon and he died very young. (The defendant’s) mother reared the family,” said Mr Keane.

However Judge Kevin Kilrane said he felt a probation report was unnecessary adding “I don’t think community service will assist us in this situation.”

“He (the defendant) was involved in quite a little cottage industry selling drugs. He had all the paraphernalia and was making some hundreds of euros.

“A Section 15 offence (for the sale and supply of drugs) is very serious and in most cases imprisonment follows. However in this instance I will convict and sentence him to 3 months in prison, suspended for two years,” he said adding this would apply to both charges relating to the sale and supply of drugs

The remaining three charges relating to possession of drugs were marked proven and taken into consideration.

Judge Kilrane also ordered that the €415 seized during the search be forfeited to the State for donation to Hope House in Mayo.

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