MULLAGHMATT MAN TOLD TO STAY OUT OF ESTATE IF HE APPEALS DRUGS SENTENCE 25-YEAR-OLD GETS SIX-MONTHS’ JAIL FOR DEALING IN CANNABIS

22 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 25-year-old Mullaghmatt man was given a six-month prison sentence at Monaghan District Court on Monday last, after he admitted that he had been dealing in cannabis in the area.
Raymond Hagan (25) of 61 Mullaghmatt, Monaghan, who pleaded guilty to being in possession of the substance for sale or supply at Mullaghcroghery, Monaghan on 20th August 2010, was also ordered to stay our of the Mullaghmatt area in the event of his appealing the sentence.
Inspector Pat McMorrow said members of the Garda Divisional Drugs Unit had been on duty at 9.50pm on that date at the “Horseshoe Bridge”, Park Road, Monaghan, monitoring the sale and supply of drugs. They saw the defendant approach another male at the bridge. As the officers approached, the defendant left the scene and dropped a parcel onto the grass verge, in which €41 worth of cannabis resin was found.
Mr Hagan had been arrested, and messages subsequently found on his phone had indicated that he was dealing in drugs. There were various persons he had promised drugs to.
He had been at the bridge to collect money from another person, and his presence there was consistent with the messages on the phone.
The defendant had been convicted and fined €300 for possession of drugs for his own use at Monaghan District Court in February 2008, the inspector confirmed, prompting Judge Sean MacBride to remark: “He got his chance.”
Full report in The Northern Standard

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