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THE seizure of more than €1,500 of cocaine during a garda raid on a man's home was a "wake-up call" for him, a court has heard.

Ryan Cumberton (24) had developed a problem with the drug at the time his apartment was searched.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the production of a probation report.

Cumberton, of Dermot O'Dwyer House, Hardwicke Street, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí searched the address on February 6 last year and found a quantity of white powder and drug paraphernalia in a bedroom.

Cumberton accepted ownership of the cocaine and was arrested. It was valued at €1,531. He had no previous convictions.

There was a planned garda operation in the apartment complex but it was not that the accused had been specifically the target of the investigation, his solicitor Niall Walsh said.

Gardaí accepted it was a "supply-type case" and there was no indication the drugs were for sale.

The accused's parents had done their best to shield him from aspects of life that prevailed in the area, Mr Walsh told the court.

Cumberton had worked in air conditioning but got "bogged down" with mental health difficulties and began using alcohol and cocaine.

The garda raid acted as a wake-up call, Mr Walsh added.

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