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dalliance with drugs Young man had 'forgotten cocaine was still in bedroom', court hears


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A YOUNG man caught with two bags of cocaine in his bedroom had "forgotten it was still there", a court has heard.

Matthew Power (23) had a brief dalliance with the drug a couple of years ago, but stopped taking it quite quickly and was no longer using cocaine when gardaí searched his home, Swords District Court was told.

Judge Cephas Power ordered Power to donate €300 to the Peter McVerry Trust and said he would leave him without a conviction.

The defendant, of Turvey Avenue in Donabate, admitted possession of cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply.

Garda Craig Smyth told Swords District Court that gardaí obtained a warrant and searched the defendant's home on April 22, 2020.

During the course of the search, two bags of cocaine were found in Power's bedroom, which had a street value of €295. He later told gardaí he would have shared the drug with friends.

The court heard that the defendant had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Power went through a difficult period in 2019 and he started dabbling in cocaine. However, he never became addicted and he stopped taking it quite quickly.

He had forgotten that the cocaine was there, she added.

She asked the judge to leave Power without a conviction, saying this had happened when he was having personal difficulties, but he had since moved on with his life.

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