A PAIR of friends caught with more than €4,500 worth of cannabis were buying it in bulk to save money and were sharing it among mates, a court heard.
David Gibney (24) was holding the cannabis at his Dublin home while James Mahon (31) was coming to collect the drug.
Judge David McHugh sentenced Gibney to four months in prison, while Mahon, who has a previous drugs conviction, received a six-month sentence.
Mahon, of Clancy Avenue, and Gibney, of Cappagh Road, both in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Gibney further admitted to possession of cannabis resin, worth €17, as well as cultivation of cannabis.
The incident took place at his home at Cappagh Road in Finglas last November 29.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Gibney's home shortly after 4pm on November 29 last.
Sgt Callaghan said Gibney was at home at the time and, during the search cannabis, plastic bags and a weighing scales were found in his bedroom.
The street value of the cannabis was €4,780. A mature cannabis plant, worth €800, along with lighting equipment, was found in the attic.
Sgt Callaghan said Mahon arrived at the house while gardai were searching it, and he was questioned and his mobile phone examined.
It linked him to the cannabis, and showed that he was collecting it from Gibney.
The court heard Mahon has eight previous convictions, including one for a drugs offence.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the men were buying in bulk to save money and dividing the drugs between six or seven friends.
Mr O'Doherty said Mahon, who is unemployed and on social welfare, has had an addiction to cannabis for some time