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Kitchen porter had bought cannabis in bulk to get a better deal, court told

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Eimear Cotter

A KITCHEN porter caught with cannabis after gardaí stopped and searched a car claimed he was buying it in bulk because he was paying over the odds for the drug.

Rua McGlone (22) had hidden the cannabis, worth €2,500, in his underwear.

Judge David McHugh refused to leave McGlone without a conviction and fined him €350.

The defendant, of Ashlawn Park in Ballybrack, admitted possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for the purposes of sale or supply.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardaí were on patrol near Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on June 8 last year when they stopped a vehicle.

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.

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