Man stuffed €2,640 of drugs down tracksuit
A YOUNG man who stuffed more than €2,500 worth of cannabis herb down his tracksuit when gardai spotted him acting suspiciously has avoided a prison sentence.
Daniel Roche (24) was given 200 hours of community service in lieu of four months in prison after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of €2,640 worth of cannabis herb for sale or supply at Aras na Cluaine, Clondalkin, on April 8 last year.
Gda Gavin Duffy told Blanchardstown District Court that at around 1.05am he saw the defendant exit the estate on foot and observed him "stuffing an item down his tracksuit".
When the officer stopped him because he was acting in a suspicious manner, Roche removed a package which contained 132 grams of cannabis herb.
Gda Duffy said the drugs had a street value of €2,640.
He added that Roche, who has an address at Caretaker Hotel, Back Lane, Dublin, has one previous drugs conviction.
Roche's solicitor said his client, who has been taking drugs since the age of 17, was homeless at the time and had the drugs to help pay off a debt.
The solicitor said Roche has since paid off his drug debt through taking out a loan.
"He has since turned his life around," he said, adding that Roche is now attending Pearse College and has accommodation.
Gda Duffy agreed with the solicitor that Roche "wouldn't be a significant person on the drugs scene".
Judge David McHugh said that normally being in possession of such a large amount of drugs would attract an outright prison sentence.
However, he said that seeing as Roche has no previous convictions for having drugs for sale or supply, he would order him to complete the community service work in lieu of a prison sentence.
However, he warned him that he "will have nowhere to hide if there is a repeated, similar offence".
"Bear that in mind," he told him.