A man has admitted selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco from an apartment in Letterkenny which led to a loss of €1,598 in excise duty.
Karl Ryan (44) of 20 Burwood, Buncrana admitted selling untaxed cigarettes and rolling tobacco at 4 Cathedral Court, Church Lane, Letterkenny on February 17th 2012.
Letterkenny District Court heard that a test purchase by a Customs and Excise official led to a warrant for the search of the premises. The court heard that officers seized 2,460 cigarettes and rolling tobacco which did not have the correct tax.
Solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said Ryan was not the owner of the cigarettes and he was not the main dealer.
He said the married father of six had “got into a lot of trouble” when he moved to Letterkenny from Buncrana.
The solicitor said Ryan had been selling cigarettes and was paid in kind.
Ryan, he said, had been homeless in Dublin for eight years and would now be dead if he had stayed there.
He said Ryan had previously completed a community service order which he had found very helpful. He said Ryan has panic attacks, is anxious and does not want to go back to prison. Judge Paul Kelly agreed that Ryan was an agent rather than a principal and adjourned the case for the preparation of a community service report.