Dad-to-be threw lunch box full of drugs out window
A Dad-to-be was caught throwing a lunch box full of cannabis out of his bedroom window when gardai arrived with a warrant to search his home.
Conor Weldon (21) had €3,200 worth of drugs, as well as evidence of dealing on his phone.
He avoided jail after a court heard he was now clean of drugs and awaiting the birth of his child.
Weldon, of Cloverhill Drive, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and cocaine for sale or supply at his home on September 16, 2016.
Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai carried out a search and found €2,500 worth of cocaine and €700 worth of cannabis.
Weldon was seen throwing items from his bedroom window. When the lunch box was retrieved by gardai, they found cocaine and cannabis inside.
Weighing scales were also found in the house. Gardai seized Weldon's mobile phone and found evidence of drugs transactions on it.
Judge McHugh noted the defendant had attempted to "evade justice" by throwing the drugs away.
He had not come to garda attention since this incident, which happened when he was 18, his barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.
The incident happened at his parents' home, they were not familiar with the justice system and it had been "quite a fright for them and his family".
At the time of the offence, Weldon had been addicted to tablets, cocaine and cannabis, but after the incident he went into treatment and was now clean, Mr MacLoughlin said.
He had been working as a building site labourer and recently started work on a community employment scheme.
His girlfriend, who was in full-time work, was pregnant.
"He is now in a meaningful relationship, with a child on the way and he has put all this behind him," the barrister said.
"It seems to have been a cataclysmic episode in his life."
The court heard Weldon had previous convictions.
The judge said if he went "back to his old ways" and was convicted again, he was "staring a prison sentence in the face".