Cannabis plants were grown in Arva.
A man who was sharing cannabis cakes with his friends has been given a suspended sentence for drug dealing.
Lukasz Krol (31), 2 Jessop Street, Portlaoise, charged with drug possession, having drugs for sale or supply, and obstructing the gardaí.
Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on August 13 last year, at Jessop Street, Portlaoise, the gardaí searched the accused’s home and found 29g of cannabis, as well as drug paraphernalia.
The accused told gardaí that he paid €700 for the drugs. He had nine previous convictions, including four for drugs offences.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said the accused panicked on the day and ran to the back of the premises where he tried to get rid of the drugs.
Mr Breen said the accused, a Polish national living in Ireland since 2006, had previously been employed before medical issues including a knee injury left him in a lot of pain, so he started using cannabis to medicate himself by making cannabis cakes.
Mr Breen said the accused admitted sharing these cannabis cakes with his friends.
Defence also said the accused is in a long-term relationship and is the main carer for his children. He said the accused is now clear of drugs.
Judge Catherine Staines said sale or supply of drugs is a very serious charge. However, she accepted that the accused had pleaded guilty and is clean of drugs.
The judge imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for one year .