A YOUTH caught with a nine-ounce bar of cannabis resin claimed he and his friends pooled their money to get a better deal by buying larger amounts of drugs.
Adam Mannion (19) said he had battled cannabis addiction since his early teens and at one stage was spending €200 a week on the drug. He claimed he was not selling the cannabis, but had bought it with his friends for their own use.
The defendant, of Huntstown Wood, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to simple possession of cannabis resin as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
The incident took place near his home, on Huntstown Way, on January 16. The street value of the drug was estimated at €750.
Sergeant Damien Galligan said Mannion was stopped and searched by Garda Thomas Murray. He said the cannabis was found in a pocket of his trousers.
The court heard that Mannion has three previous convictions, all for drugs offences.
Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said the defendant has had a serious addiction to cannabis since his early teens, but he is receiving help from the Huntstown Addiction Team.
Judge Patrick McMahon told Mannion that by selling drugs he was helping fund murders in Dublin city.
Ms Brennan said the defendant and his friends had pooled their money to make it go further, and that more than half of the bar of cannabis was for Mannion’s use.
Mannion was fined €600.
By – Andrew Phelan