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Garda's son freed over drugs find at his home

A YOUNG father from a family of gardai who was caught operating a cocaine factory from his garage has been given a partly suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Arthur Conroy (26), of Violet Hill, Glasnevin, was caught with €138,000 worth of the drug along with mixing agents, a hydraulic press, weighing scales and moulds.

Conroy pleaded guilty to possession of 18,000 grammes of cocaine in a garage beside his home on September 11, 2009.

The court had previously heard his father and grandfather were gardai and his cousin is a serving member.

Judge Donagh McDonagh said he believed Conroy, who has been in custody since October 2010, deserved a chance.

He sentenced him to five years in prison, which he backdated to October, but suspended the balance on strict conditions.