Man ditched powder after seeing gardai
A DUBLIN man who took out a large package containing white powder as he approached a car did not realise it was an unmarked patrol vehicle, a court heard.
John Mongan (28) ran away when he realised his mistake, and threw the package over a wall onto a dump.
Judge David McHugh sentenced Mongan to six months in prison but suspended it for two years.
The defendant, of St Philomena's Park in Ballycoolin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to obstruction, under the misuse of drugs act.
The incident took place near his home on February 1 last.
Garda Stephen Byrne said he was on mobile patrol in an unmarked patrol car around 1.20am when he saw Mongan approach the car.
Gda Byrne said Mongan took a large package containing white powder from his jacket as he got closer to the car.
The defendant then realised he had approached an unmarked patrol car and started to run away, the garda added.
He chased after Mongan, repeatedly asking him to stop but he refused to do so.
Gda Byrne said Mongan threw the package over a wall onto a dumping ground.
The garda said he did not recover the package.
The court heard that the defendant has 53 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.
Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said Mongan, a father-of-one, has had ongoing difficulties with alcohol and accepts his behaviour was foolish.
Ms Breen said Mongan cares for his father, who lives next door to him.
She also said Mongan's troubles with drink started after his mother left the family when he was 14-years-old, and he hasn't seen her since.