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A MAN caught with more than €2,000 worth of cocaine hidden in his underwear was battling a drug problem at the time, a court has heard.

James O'Neill (27) had attended a six-month rehabilitation programme and had not been in trouble since.

He asked a judge to leave him without a conviction, saying he had been clean for three years.

However, Judge Gerard Jones imposed a three-month sentence suspended for two years, saying the matter was too serious and drug use had to be stamped out.

The defendant, with an address at Trim Road, Summerhill, Co Meath, admitted possession of cocaine at Rosse Court Lane in Lucan on July 7, 2018.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardaí stopped a car and spoke to the driver, who appeared nervous. He was taken to Ronanstown garda station and six wraps of white powder was found in O'Neill's underwear, as well as a blade.

Sgt Callaghan said the cocaine had a street value of €2,183.

The court heard O'Neill had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Wayne Kenny said the incident took place three years ago, and since then O'Neill had completed a six-month treatment programme.

Mr Kenny also asked Judge Jones to consider leaving O'Neill without a conviction, saying it was an isolated incident, his "first and last offence", and he had not been in trouble for three years.

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