Donegal dairy seller caught with cocaine press and 19k euros in cash has business plan with ‘expected income’

A MILKMAN caught with a cocaine press and €19,000 in cash at his home even has a business plan with “expected income”.

Gardai visited Brian Shiels’ home at Umlagh Cottages in Carrigart in Co Donegal on October 21, 2020 armed with a search warrant.

Brian Shiels at Letterkenny Circuit Court


Brian Shiels at Letterkenny Circuit CourtCredit: NW Newspaperix

A search of the house found €19,000 cash in his bedroom drawer and another €9,040 in his sister’s bedroom.

In a warehouse, they found two iPhones containing ‘tick’ lists of people to whom Shiels were supplying drugs.

The warehouse also contained a cocaine press that the defendant had built himself.

Shiels appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court, where he pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering.

Shiels, now 33 years old, fully accepted Gardai when confronted and even told Garda Patrick Kelly wasn’t sure what the cocaine bust was.

He admitted the money came from the sale and supply of drugs.

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Lawyers for Shiels, Fiona Crawford, said it appeared her client had told Gardai more than they knew.

Garda Kelly agreed that the defendant was “very imminent.”

Ms Crawford said Shiels was pressured by a third party to build a cocaine press and he was selling cocaine to “Dublin boys.”

At one point, he left Donegal to live in Barcelona to get away from his pressurers but returned shortly before the Covid pandemic hit.

The court ruled €9,040 had nothing to do with drugs and was cash from his sister, which Gardai accepted.


Ms Crawford also said that a “business plan” was found which Garda Kelly agreed was a scheme for “expected profits” from the drug trade.

Ms Crawford added that the incident being made public had caused a lot of local embarrassment for Shiels.

She said that he left school early but returned to college, where he studied computer service and was also a part-time milkmaid.

He has a partner who has been with him for 5 years and has no wealth traps who say this is “a fork in the road for him.”

Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until next week for a final sentencing. Donegal dairy seller caught with cocaine press and 19k euros in cash has business plan with ‘expected income’

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