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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dad (20) hid cannabis in sock

A YOUNG man who was caught with cannabis which he'd hidden in a sock in his bedroom locker was selling the drug to pay off a debt.

Christopher Dooley (20) said his mother returned home while gardai were searching the family home and she was very annoyed with him.

A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in December.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply on April 1 last. The street value of the cannabis was €920.

The court heard that gardai obtained a warrant and searched Dooley's family home at Gateway View, Ballymun shortly after 10pm. Dooley and a number of his friends were in the house at the time.

During the search, gardai found small quantities of cannabis, worth about €100, in different places, including in a sock in his bedside locker, in a bag and in a hidden pocket in his tracksuit bottoms.

Drug paraphernalia, including a Stanley knife, weighing scales, bags and a silver grinder, were also found in the house.



DEBT

The court heard that Dooley was cooperative, and admitted the drugs were his. He said he owed €400 to a drug dealer and he was trying to pay off the debt. Defence solicitor Mairead White said Dooley started taking cannabis and tablets when he was 14 years old but is now clean, and has moved out of Ballymun to get away from his previous lifestyle.

Ms White said Dooley, a father of two, as currently out of work but hoped to get work in a warehouse before Christmas.

She said his mother returned home during the search and was not at all impressed by what happened.

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