A FORMER garda sergeant, who was caught growing cannabis in his Greenore home has received a suspended prison sentence at Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court. A former garda sergeant who was caught growing cannabis in his home has received a suspended prison sentence at Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court.
Finbar Hickey, aged 51, with an address at Muchgrange, Greenore, pleaded to a charge of cultivating cannabis plants without a licence at his home in February last year.
Cannabis leaves were found strung across the yard, drying in the air and a total of 77 plants at various stages of growth were found in several incubation units hidden in a garage and sheds on the premises.
According to Garda Sgt John Moroney, who carried out the search, Mr Hickey co-operated fully with the investigation. The defendant told him he was growing the cannabis for himself and his wife to use.
The court was told that Mr Hickey had problems with cannabis but was willing to try and stop using the drug. The court heard that Mr Hickey had served a year in prison at the Curragh after he was convicted of forging passport applications in 2001.
Mr Hickey was sentenced to three years imprisonment, however, Judge Michael O'Shea suspended it on condition of good conduct for four years.