10 Aug 2022

Man had cannabis plants in Laois on M7 motorway

Drug supply

Man had cannabis plants in Laois on M7 motorway

A 37-year-old man caught with eight cannabis plants has been placed on probation for one year.

Before a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Jan McCarthy (37), with an address at Cahercrin, Craughwell, Co. Galway.

He was charged with drug possession, and having drugs for sale or supply.

State’s evidence outlined that on June 21, 2017, the accused was stopped at a mobile checkpoint on the M7 near Doon, Borris in Ossory.

The gardaí got a smell of cannabis from the vehicle so they searched it and found eight cannabis plants, valued €6,400, and €200 of cannabis.

The accused had no previous convictions and cooperated with the gardaí.

Defence for the accused said that McCarthy had been living at home with his father and has difficulty with gaining access to his six-year-old daughter, with family law proceedings ongoing.

He moved out and rented in Athy, but he struggled to pay the rent.

Defence went on to say that the accused injured his back and was out of work, putting him at risk of losing his new apartment and losing access to his daughter, so he made the decision to sell and grow cannabis.

The accused then had to move back in with his father and lost all access to his daughter, as there were certain allegations against his father.

When the case first came before the court, Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the matter for a probation report.

When the case returned to court recently, the accused was placed on a 12-month probation bond.

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