Sgt Callaghan said McGlone was a rear-seat passenger in the car and was acting suspiciously. She said officers also got a strong smell of cannabis. The sergeant said McGlone was searched for drugs, and a quantity of cannabis, worth €2,500, was found in his underwear.
Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said McGlone was not a drug dealer, but had bought the cannabis in bulk and had planned to divide it and share it with his friends.
Mr MacLoughlin said McGlone, a kitchen porter, believed he was paying over the odds when buying cannabis in small amounts, so he thought he would get a better deal if he bought it in bulk.
He asked the judge to leave the defendant without conviction, but he refused to do so.