A Portlaoise man caught in possession of drugs has been told to make a charitable donation and provide clean urine samples.
Before the Portlaoise District Court was Stuart Dargan, 56 Lakeglen, Portlaoise. He was detected at Coote Street, Portlaoise, on April 6, 2013.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Dargan had a white powder on his person, which was later revealed to be a cocaine derivative. The value of the drug was €30.
Dargan has no previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said this incident was the catalyst his client needed to stop his drug habit.
Judge Denis McLoughlin put the matter back to February 27, 2014. If Dargan makes a €200 charitable donation, provides clean urinalysis and comes to no adverse attention, the judge said he would deal with the case in a certain way.