A student decided to sell drugs to buy Christmas presents

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A 22-year-old man at Sligo District Court charged with possession of cannabis for sale or supply had bought drugs to sell in order to earn money to buy Christmas presents, his solicitor told the court.

harles Abako of Beechwood Close, Termon Abbey, Drogheda, Co Louth was also charged with possession of cannabis in Yeats Heights, Ballytivnan on December 5, 2019.

Sergeant Derek Butler told the court that the guard had obtained a search warrant to search the house and that a room had been rented by the accused. They found €750 worth of cannabis herb and 2 scales. Abako was arrested and brought to Ballymote Garda station when he admitted the herbal substance was herbal cannabis.

Mr Anderson said his client helped Gardaí and cooperated from the start.

He had no previous convictions and was 18 at the time and a computer science student in Sligo.

He said he made a full confession and made the foolish decision to buy drugs to make money to buy Christmas presents.

He had since started another music course and hopes to become a music producer and will have to travel to the United States.

He said his client was extremely naive and hasn’t been involved in this stuff since. He had come to court with €550 and knew it was a very serious offence.

He said if it was possible to get a probation report before sentencing.

He said Sergeant Butler was very fair in saying that he was fully cooperating with gardaí and had learned his lesson.

He said he knew the lifelong implications on him if found guilty.

Judge Murphy adjourned the case for a probation report.

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