Man gets 200 hours of community service for drug charge

GARDAÍ raided a house in Rochestown and found more than €1,000 worth of cannabis grass during a search.

Sergeant Conor Dillon said yesterday that gardaí from the divisional drugs unit based at Togher obtained a warrant to search the house at Harty’s Quay, Rochestown, Cork.

During the search they found cannabis grass with a street value of €1,084 in the kitchen of the house.

That was back on June 6, 2009, and yesterday at Cork District Court, Alister Matthews, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of being in possession of the cannabis and having it for sale or supply to others.

Matthews, originally from the Pembroke area of Passage West, Co Cork, was living at the house at Harty’s Quay at the time.

Judge Leo Malone said, “I view the possession of drugs for the purpose of sale or supply as a very serious matter.”

The judge ordered Matthews to do 200 hours of community service instead of four months in prison.

Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said, “There were other people in the house at the time the drugs were found but he took full responsibility and signed the garda notebook at the scene.

“He worked as an apprentice block-layer but he has been off work for the past five months. He is reapplying to sit for his Leaving Cert.

“He has not come to garda attention since this, Mr Burke said.

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