Cannabis hidden in protein tub

A KILDARE man caught with €700 of cannabis which he admitted intending selling was put on probation at last week’s District Court.

A KILDARE man caught with €700 of cannabis which he admitted intending selling was put on probation at last week’s District Court.

Padraig Coleman, 29 The Hollands, Athy, was charged with possession of a drug and possession for the purpose of sale or supply, at Vicarstown, Portlaoise, on May 11 this year.

Inspector Martin Smethers, of Navan gardaí, gave evidence that Coleman was a passenger in a car that was stopped at a garda checkpoint in Vicarstown on that date. Coleman was observed acting suspiciously with his hand in a large tub of protein, and when searched the gardaí found that he was trying to hide a bag of cannabis, worth €700. A subsequent seach of his house revealed a further €60 of the drug.

He has 18 previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen explained that his client, who is 22-years-old, had sourced the drugs previously and the driver of the car knew nothing about them.

Mr Breen said his client had turned to cannabis after his father got ill and at one point was smoking ten to 15 joints a day.

“His modus operandi was to buy some, smoke the majority and sell the rest to his friends,” Mr Breen said. “He realises he can’t use drugs to the extent he did before.”

Mr Breen said Coleman had been clean for three weeks and requested that a urine analysis test be conducted.

Remarking that anyone who sells drugs should go to jail, Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to September 29 for a pre-sentence report, including a probation report and urine analysis.