A 24-year-old Maynooth man, who told a court he was selling drugs to “his friends” at the Rory Gallagher Music Festival, has been remanded on continuing bail for a year, at Ballyshannon district court.
But when Jamie Caprani, Maynooth, county Kildare, apologized to the Festival for selling crystal ecstasy from a van at Portnason on May 31, Judge Kevin Kilrane said he had come “with malice afore thought”.
“There is no point in dressing it up” the judge said after the court heard that musician Caprani had 15 bags of crystal ecstasy and was selling it as E40 a bag.
Detective Garda Paul McHugh told the court he saw a van at Portnason with traffic coming and going from it.
When the van was searched, there was a strong smell of cannabis and gardai also found the crystal ecstasy.
Caprani had no previous convictions and co-operated fully with gardai, the court heard.
Detective Garda McHugh told the court the drugs were much more potent than cannabis.
Defence solicitor Florence Hutchinson said her client was selling the drugs to his friends, and took responsibility for what was in the van and he had no previous convictions.
Ms Hutchinson said her client was heavily involved in music, was very contrite and was an honest, articulate and intelligent young man.
He also hoped to go back to college.
And her client had “manned up” the court heard.
Caprani told the court he was sorry and had got involved in a foolhardy once off matter
Judge Kevin Kilrane said Caprani was not quite a young man so the judge expected that “he knows all about drugs”
“To think this was a once off, I can only assume he was familiar with the drugs.
“The nature of the drugs is much more serious than cannabis.
“Also he had a pre packed bags so it’s a very serious offence”, the judge said.
The judge remanded the defendant on continuing bail until October 16 next year.
“You were caught red-handed and if there is any more messing about with drugs in the interim, then prison is a real possibility”.