Kildare man who hid drugs in the outside ESB meter box jailed

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Kildare man who hid drugs in the outside ESB meter box jailed

Athy court

A man who was before Athy District Court for the unlawful sale or supply of drugs was sentenced to nine months in prison on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and three months consecutive for driving with out any insurance.

Martin Flynn with an address listed as 93 Coneymeadows, Coneyboro, Athy came to the attention of gardai on January 14, 2017 after they searched the meter box outside his house and found €492 worth of cannabis, deal bags and a grinder. The court heard that he was seen by gardai using the outside meter box. Sgt Brian Jacob told the court that the defendant was supplying drugs to the public.

His solicitor David Gibbons said his client is a 27-year-old man who has got himself back on his feet. He handed in a urine analysis into the court showing that there was no trace of narcotics in the defendant's system for the few weeks.

He was also before the court for driving with no insurance after he was stopped by gardai on September, 17, 2017 at Blackpark in Athy. The court heard he has 11 previous convictions including a disqualification for driving without any insurance.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said the driving with no insurance was carried out while disqualified from driving.

“Once bitten twice shy,” said Judge Zaidan.

“Drugs will destroy you and it is a life sentence - a slow death - you remember that. Drugs are pure evil and they destroy the small fry like you. If there aren't any foot soldiers the godfathers won't survive.”

He was disqualified from driving for four years.