A Portlaoise man has been given the benefit of the probation act for having four bags of drugs.
Stuart Austin, 127 Hillview Drive, Portlaoise, was convicted of the possession of drugs at Parnell Crescent, Portlaoise, on August 30 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Austin was observed in an intoxicated state and when he saw the gardaí he ran away and discarded a number of items. The items were revealed to be four bags of white powder which was subsequently identified as the drug MDMA.
“He was experimenting at the time,” said defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.