A Monasterevin man caught with bags of cocaine and cannabis who pleaded guilty to drug dealing has been given the benefit of the probation act.
Josh Conlon, Old Millrace, Monasterevin, first appeared before Portlaoise District court back in February, charged with having drugs for sale or supply, at a location in Ballybrittas.
State’s evidence outlined that on December 17, 2017, a mobile garda patrol observed a car parked on the hard shoulder of the motorway. The driver, Josh Conlon, said that his vehicle had broken down, but while they were waiting for the tow truck to arrive, the gardaí detected a smell of cannabis and searched the vehicle.
They found cannabis and cocaine, weighing scales, deal bags and a grinder. The accused was arrested and searched at Portlaoise Garda Station, where he was discovered to have four bags of cannabis and four bags of cocaine.
The total amount of drugs was €100 of cannabis and €100 of cocaine.
The accused had no previous convictions.
As he had no previous convictions and seemed to be dealing with his drug problem, Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the matter for a probation report.
When the case returned to court in June, solicitor Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick asked that the matter be adjourned for the accused to complete the Athy Alternative Project.
When the case returned to court last week, Ms Fitzpatrick said her client had been offered work and was concerned about getting a criminal conviction.
She said he had been under the care of the mental health services for a while and had brought €200 to court.
Sgt JJ Kirby told the court that the gardaí accepted that the accused is no longer dealing drugs.
Judge Staines applied the probation act, section 1.1.