Longford District Court: "Bubbly, enthusiastic fool" falls for drug barons' offer

Suspended sentence for man who had hundreds of euro worth of drugs

Longford District Court: "Bubbly, enthusiastic fool" falls for drug barons' offer

A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act received a suspended sentence following a hearing into the matter.

Rihards Lavickis (23), 2 Annaly Court, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being in possession of ecstasy tablets, MDMA, cannabis herb and cocaine at Annaly Court, Longford on February 11, 2016.

He was also further charged with having eight individual bags of cocaine valued at €320 and 38 ecstasy tablets valued at €380 at Annaly Court, Longford on the same date.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Garda Karl Foley said that on February 9 last he obtained a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

On February 11, the Garda executed the warrant and searched the home of the defendant.

“As a result of that search a number of substances were seized from the defendant’s bedroom,” continued the Garda.

“There was cocaine - all of which was prepared into deals - and 30 blue tablets which turned out to be MDMA.”

Other drugs were also located by the Gardaí at the premises in Longford town.

The court went on to hear that the defendant was subsequently arrested and taken to Longford Garda Station where he made “certain admissions” while being interviewed.

“He admitted to dealing drugs and selling the drugs for a third party,” said Garda Foley who then pointed out that there was small children living in the house with the defendant and his partner.

The court was told that the defendant had 11 previous convictions including a conviction for possession of drugs handed down at Longford District Court on April 2, 2015.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client was a Latvian national who came to Ireland with his mother 13 years ago.

“He got into this immoral, disreputable and dishonest carry on and it became a nice little earner for him,” continued the solicitor.

“Of course he has ceased all of this now and is living at home with his partner; he did make admissions to gardaí and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”

Mr Gearty went on to say that his client was a bubbly, enthusiastic fool and therefore precisely the type of individual that the big drug barons sought out to sell their drugs.

“He fell hook, line and sinker for their stories and now finds himself in this situation as a result,” added Mr Gearty.

During his deliberations on the matter Judge Hughes said that none of the other “higher up” bosses in the drugs world were before the court, just the defendant.

“If you wish to be a fool again in the next few years Mr Lavickis then I will most certainly send you to prison,” fumed the Judge before handing down two six month prison sentences each suspended for three years on the grounds that the defendant not involve himself in drugs again.

The defendant was also fined €250 in respect of the matter.