A defence barrister told Dundalk district court that his client, a father of three who was found with almost €1,000 worth of cocaine, was transporting drugs to pay off a debt, when he was arrested by gardaí.
Andrew Cooper (28) Castle Heights, Castletown Road, Dundalk, had previously admitted possessing benzocaine in circumstances giving rise to the inference that it was connected to a drug trafficking offence, and unlawful possession of cocaine and having the drug for sale or supply at Castle Road, Dundalk, on May 14th year.
The court had heard how he was ‘extremely nervous’ when the guards signaled the Volkswagen Jetta he was driving to stop.
Three separate quantities of cocaine were found, two in the boot concealed in a gift bag in a baby’s buggy. They had a total estimated street value of €999.
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