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Sunday 19 August 2018

Cannabis user bought drugs with a credit union car loan

A LOGISTICS worker developed a cannabis addiction so bad he was smoking up to 30 joints a day and used a credit union loan to buy the drug in bulk, a court heard.

Adam Daly (29) was cleared of dealing the drug after a court heard the €600 worth he had on him when he was caught was all for his own use.

Daly, of Glenmaroon Road, Palmerstown, had been using up to €150 worth of cannabis a week at the time and had needed professional help to kick the habit.

He was found not guilty of possession of the drug with intent to sell or supply. He admitted a lesser charge of simple possession of cannabis.

Judge Patrick Clyne fined him €300.

Garda Andrew Lyons told Dublin District Court he was on duty at Raheen Park, Ballyfermot, on September 15, 2009, when he stopped the defendant driving.

The garda got a strong smell of cannabis from the car. On searching Daly, he found a small quantity of the drug on him, with a larger bar inside the car itself.

Leanora Frawley, defending, said Daly had insisted from the outset that the drugs were his and that he had paid €350 for them.

He had got a €3,500 credit union loan to buy a car and had bought the cannabis with money left over from that.

He told the court he was a heavy user at the time and was smoking an ounce and a half per week. He admitted he had been addicted.

"The habit was so bad I had to seek professional help," he added.

Judge Clyne said there was not even a hint that the accused was selling or supplying the drug and dismissed that charge.

Ms Frawley said Daly, who is unemployed, was no longer addicted to cannabis.

aphelan@herald.ie

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