Apprentice had cocaine in a sock when searched by gardai
An apprentice carpenter was caught with two deals of cocaine in a sock after gardai stopped a suspicious, slow-moving car he was in.
Ian Flemming (23) was a passenger in the car when gardai searched it in the south inner city.
Judge Grainne O'Neill fined him €200 at Dublin District Court.
Flemming, of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. A charge of having the drug with intent to sell or supply was withdrawn by the prosecution.
The court heard gardai were on patrol at Rialto Street, Dublin 8, at 4.25pm last October 31.
They saw a vehicle being driven "very slowly and suspiciously" and stopped it, a garda sergeant said.
They spoke to Flemming, who was the front seat passenger, and he became very agitated when they said they were carrying out a search.
He produced a sock with two deals of cocaine worth €200 inside. He also had €400 in cash.
Flemming had previous convictions for other offences.
The cocaine was for his own use, his solicitor said. The incident had been enough for him to "stop that behaviour altogether", she added.
The accused was working as an apprentice and the money he had with him was his wage, which he had received that day.
Flemming's solicitor asked Judge O'Neill to consider leaving him without a conviction for a drugs offence, saying he was prepared to make a charity donation to avoid conviction.
Judge O'Neill said she was taking Flemming's early guilty plea into account, but also had to consider the fact that the drug was cocaine.