Two local men who had never been in trouble admitting separate offences involving the growing of cannabis with a value of €8,000 and €5,000 respectively and each was fined €750 at Ardee Court
Peter James McCann (32) an unemployed father of Drakestown, Smarmore was said to have engaged in the activity to gain relief from chronic back pain and because he was in substantial arrears with his mortgage. He worked in the building trade until five years ago, his solicitor Richard McDonnell said.
He was convicted of possession of 50 plants worth €8,000 at his address on February 12th last for the purpose of sale or supply. Two other charges for the cultivation of the plants and the possession of the drug were taken into consideration by Judge Dunne.
Thomas Reilly (20) of Cappocksgate in the town who was found growing ten mature cannabis plants valued at €5,000 at his home was also fined €750.
Two further charges of possession of the drug and also for sale or supply were withdrawn.
He had converted a bedroom to grow the plants which were for his own use, his solicitor Frank McDonnell stated.
Gardai made the discovery of the growing operation on June 2nd last.
Mr McDonnell said the defendant recently obtained a nine month internship with a local furniture manufacturing company. The ten plants would have been enough to supply his own use until after Christmas. The defendant was no longer using the drug.