A bitcoin trader and a film technician were involved in an online global operation described as “a new era in drug dealing”, a court has heard.
Neil Mannion (34) and Richard O’Connor (34) were charged with possessing drugs worth €143,000 following a garda raid on a business premises in south Dublin in October 2014.
Detective Sergeant Brian Roberts compared the operation of selling drugs on the “dark net” to eBay or Amazon, saying: “it’s a new phenomenon that’s growing and ultimately the modern era of drug dealing”.
Mannion, of Mount Drummond Avenue, Harold’s Cross, Dublin and O’Connor, of Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin both pleaded guilty to possession of LSD, amphetamine and cannabis resin with intent to sell or supply at Bank House Business Centre, South Circular Road on November 5th 2014. Neither man has any previous convictions.