A 25-year-old woman has been given the benefit of the probation act for having heroin.
Emma Harney (25), previously residing in Abbeyleix but now residing at 18 Blackwater Heights, Youghall, Co. Cork, was charged with drug possession at the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, on September 13, 2016.
Detective Garda Padraic Ryan gave evidence the accused was detected with drugs worth €60.
The accused had no previous convictions.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that the accused used to have a heroin addiction,.
Ms Fitzpatrick said the accused has improved no end with her addiction .
Judge Staines noted the offence had happened over two years ago and the accused is now drug free.
She applied the probation act, section 1.1.
In a separate case, Patrick Kinsella (39), of 12 Kylemore Hill, Rathoe, Carlow, was charged with drug possession at Sarsfield Street, Mountmellick, on March 16 this year.
Sgt Jason Hughes gave evidence that the accused had over 100 previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said the accused had a longstanding addiction to “weed”.
Judge Staines applied the probation act.
Also before Portlaoise District Court on drug offences was Ali Naveed.
He had no previous convictions.
Defence, Barry Fitzgerald said his client, a 19-year-old Pakistani national, was not addicted to “weed”, but he smokes it more than he should.
The matter was adjourned to February 7 next for a probation report.