A DOG breeder was found with more than €1,200 worth of herbal cannabis after gardai searched his home and found the drug hidden in a bag of pet food, a court heard.
Keith Conlon (23) admitted the drugs were his, saying he’d bought them for €600.
The defendant admitted before Tallaght District Court to possession of herbal cannabis and also having the drug for sale or supply.
The discovery was made at Conlon’s house at Kiltalown Park, Tallaght on August 10, 2008.
Sergeant Bernard Jones said gardai had obtained a search warrant and searched the house at 10pm. Herbal cannabis, with a street value of €1,250, was found under the stairs hidden in a bag of hamster feed.
A second, smaller amount of the drug, was found in two plastic bags in Conlon’s bedside locker.
A set of electric scales was also found during the search.
Sgt Jones said Conlon took responsibility for the cannabis, and made full and frank admissions during interview.
The court heard that he had four previous convictions, including two for possession of drugs.
Defence solicitor Grainne Malone said Conlon had been working as a deck hand on a boat sailing to Clare Island, in the west of Ireland, until 18 months ago. He decided to return to live in Dublin as he was missing his girlfriend.
Conlon has been unemployed since, but admitted some income from breeding and selling Japanese Akita dogs.
Ms Malone told the court Conlon admitted that he bought the drugs for €600.
Judge James McDonnell told Conlon he was dealing with the consequences of drugs every day, either people committing burglaries or assaults under the influence of drugs or selling drugs. He fined Conlon €1,500.
By Eimear Cotter