A former British Military officer present in possession of €250,000 value of cocaine instructed Gardai that “he is concerned with the dumbest drug sellers,” a courtroom heard.

Ublin Circuit Prison Court docket heard Gardai Darragh Dodrill, 26, say his involvement within the drug trafficking operation was like one thing out of ‘Father Ted’.

A Garda witness instructed Dublin Circuit Prison Court docket that Gardai had been suspicious of a automotive owned by Dodrill from Yewlands Terrace, Terenure Rd North, Terenure and a search warrant was issued.

Throughout a surveillance operation, Dodrill was noticed in a personal lot parked subsequent to a van, each of which had been searched. Gardai discovered 250g of cocaine and 500g of hashish in his automotive and €242,000 value of cocaine within the van.

Dodrill instructed Gardai in regards to the cocaine when confronted and was discovered to be unwell throughout their search. He was then arrested and interrogated.

“Dodrill pleaded responsible to possession of medication on the market or provide on February 26, 2021 at Kilwarden Court docket, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.”

The courtroom discovered Dodrill owed €8,000 and started dealing medication to pay it off. Nevertheless, by the point of his arrest in 2021, that quantity had risen to €50,000. The defendant was paid in cocaine for the availability of medication, most of which he mentioned he used himself.

Cathleen Noctor BL, who’s defending herself, instructed the courtroom he was spending between €1,000 and €1,500 every week on cocaine use. The courtroom heard he additionally suffers from a playing dependancy, which additional elevated his debt.

Throughout his interview, Gardaí instructed Dodrill that the entire scenario was like an episode of Father Ted.

The defendant instructed Gardai he was residing in a “head above water” scenario because of the giant debt he owed and barely had sufficient cash to get by. He admitted throughout a Garda interview to promoting small quantities of cocaine and transporting bigger quantities to different sellers.

Ms Noctor instructed the courtroom the accused was previously within the British Military and mentioned in a Gardai interview he had give up a great job over drug claims and the debt he owed.

She instructed the courtroom that Dodrill acted as an beginner in comparison with different sellers and that in a Garda interview he admitted to having been with “the dumbest drug sellers”.

Decide Melanie Greally famous that this was not probably the most demanding of roles, however had been held over an extended time period and a big quantity of cocaine was present in his possession.

Decide Greally adjourned the case to November 7 and ordered a parole report for that date.

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