Cannabis courier was 'moving €3k of drugs from A to B'
A courier caught with €3,400 of cannabis in his van did not own the drug but was transporting it "from A to B", a court has heard.
Dean Kenny (29) had been using the drug heavily himself at the time and this "affected his judgment".
Judge David McHugh gave him a three-month suspended sentence.
Kenny, of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply.
Detective Garda William Brennan told Blanchardstown District Court he was on patrol near the Circle K petrol station on the Naas Road in Clondalkin last October 30 when he saw the accused acting suspiciously.
Gardai got a strong smell of cannabis when they spoke to the accused and they searched his van, finding €3,400 of the drug.
The garda said it would appear the accused did not have "proprietary" ownership of the drugs but had been "moving them from A to B".
Kenny was working as a courier, his solicitor Simon Fleming said.
"Well, he was a courier on this occasion, it would appear," Judge McHugh said.
He accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.
Kenny was earning a modest wage and his partner was pregnant, Mr Fleming said. He got involved in the offence because he had been smoking cannabis at a harmful level for a long period and he ran out of money.
His drug use affected his judgment and he was caught.
Kenny was "not a target" for gardai, Mr Fleming said.
He had since received treatment.
The accused's partner was living in Wexford and he was going to join her there shortly.
"He hopes to get out of Dublin completely, as soon as possible," Mr Fleming said.
He said the defendant had decided to deal with the case by pleading guilty at an early stage.
He asked the judge to give him credit for this and to treat him as leniently as he could.
Judge McHugh suspended the sentence for a year on condition Kenny kept the peace and was of good behaviour.