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Sunday 4 December 2016

Teen jockey had seven bags of cannabis in drawer

Philip Fitzgerald (19) claimed he had the €220 worth of the drug for himself when his house was searched
Philip Fitzgerald (19) claimed he had the €220 worth of the drug for himself when his house was searched

AN aspiring jockey caught with seven bags of cannabis in a sock in a drawer in his bedroom claimed he had bought it in bulk for his own use.

Philip Fitzgerald (19) claimed he had the €220 worth of the drug for himself when his house was searched.

Fitzgerald had denied possession of cannabis for sale or supply at his home at Kilfenora Road, Crumlin on August 22, 2014.

Judge Michael Coghlan found him guilty at Dublin District Court and adjourned the case for a probation report.

Garda Colleen Gallagher said she searched the address with a warrant at 7.55am and found seven bags of cannabis concealed in a sock in a chest of drawers.

Garda Gallagher said she believed the quantity found - 11g - was too much for Fitzgerald's immediate use. He was unemployed and in receipt of €100 per week.

"It was for my own personal use over a space of time so I didn't have to keep buying," Fitzgerald said, adding that he paid €200 for it and it was to last him two weeks.

At the time, he said, he was spending most of his money on drugs. He said he also gambled on horses.

He said he had it divided up to space it out because if he had had it all in the one bag, he would have smoked it "there and then".

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