A Wexford man has been bound to the peace for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of drugs possession.
Barry Nolan, whose address is listed as Apartment A 29, Lower John Street, Wexford was arrested by Garda Gary Maxwell on June 6, 2011 at Horsepasstown, Blessington.
The arrest followed the discovery of a quantity of diamorphine, otherwise known as heroin.
The defendant has two previous convictions but none for a similar charge.
“He freely admitted that the drug was his,” Garda Maxwell said in evidence.
Acting on behalf of the defendant, Tony Hanahoe explained that his client is off heroin on is currently on methadone,
“In the past he had his own painting and decorating business, but the recession took care of that.
“He is currently on social welfare and is doing something about the problem,” the solicitor explained.
Mr Nolan has a partner and two children.
Judge Patrick Clyne was sceptical that people who are on methadone are selling it on the street to pay for heroin, but the defendant explained that he must give urine samples twice a week as part of the detox programme he’s on.
He was bound to the peace for 12 months.