Young man bought and sold cannabis to get his share free
A young man was buying cannabis in bulk and selling the drug to his friends so his own share would be free.
Eoin Thompson (20) handed over the cannabis after a garda stopped a car in which he was a passenger in the Phoenix Park.
Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Thompson, of Villa Park Drive, Navan Road, Dublin 7, €150.
The defendant admitted possessing cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Garda Ray Shiels told Blanchardstown District Court he stopped a vehicle at Military Road, in the Phoenix Park, on July 22, 2018, and that Thompson was a back seat passenger in the vehicle.
Thompson seemed to be very nervous, said Gda Shiels who saw him place something in his pocket.
Gda Shiels said there appeared to be an item down the leg of his trousers.
When told he would be taken to the garda station to be searched, Thompson handed over a plastic bag containing two large bags of cannabis.
Gda Shiels said Thompson's home was searched the following day, and a small quantity of cannabis was found.
The garda said the total street value of the cannabis was just less than €1,200.
The court was told that the defendant had no previous convictions.
Defence lawyer, Ciaran MacLoughlin, said Thompson had co-operated with gardai.
Mr MacLoughlin added that Thompson was a young, single man who lived at home with his parents and was working at a bus depot.
The lawyer said the defendant was buying the drug in bulk and selling to his friends so his own cannabis would be free.
Mr MacLoughlin also said that Thompson wished to apologise for his behaviour.