The world would be a better place if all drug dealers were dead.
That was the view expressed by Judge Flann Brennan at Dundalk district court last week in the case of a teenager who told gardai he had found a bag of cannabis herb which they had recovered.
Cian Taggart (19) with an address at Close Deirdre, The Ferns, Blackrock was summonsed for the unlawful possession of drugs at Sandy Lane, Blackrock on June 2nd last year.
The Defence solicitor said the apprentice butcher had no previous convictions and it was fair to say the shock of having been detained in this way together with the support from his family had resulted in him severing connections “with anything of this nature”.
He said the accused is now on a proper track and ‘nothing like this will happen again’.
Judge Flann Brennan said he would find the facts proven and dismiss the case under the Probation Act.
He said he didn’t know where the defendant had obtained the cannabis but he warned him “somewhere along the line are people who kill and maim for this and for nothing but drugs and power and money”.
The judge added that in his view“the world would be a better place if we went to bed tonight and woke up in the morning and every drug dealer was dead.” He said “I know it’s extreme – but that is a fact”.