A YOUNG man found with cannabis after he was searched by gardai has claimed that getting caught was "the best thing that ever happened".
Ben Gore (20) was hanging around with the wrong crowd at the time, but he has since attended counselling and is no longer using drugs.
Judge John Lindsay ordered Gore to donate €500 to two drugs charities and he struck out the charges.
The defendant, of Taney Crescent in Dundrum, admitted to possession of cannabis herb as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Sergeant Peadar McCann told Dun Laoghaire District Court that Gore was stopped near his home on December 3, 2012 and he handed over €150 worth of cannabis. A further €500 worth of cannabis was found hidden at his home.
Sgt McCann said Gore was sharing the drug with his friends.
Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Gore, who has no previous convictions, attended drug treatment and he hasn't been in trouble since.
Mr Lynam said getting caught was the "best thing that ever happened" to Gore and he had learnt his lesson.
He also said Gore's parents were disappointed but were supporting their son.