Former chips manager pleads guilty to growing cannabis

A former CEO of Chips pleaded guilty to growing 39 cannabis plants that he claimed were supposed to be making dietary supplements as part of a “foolish” horticultural experiment.

Anthony Keogh, 64, of Newtown Lane, Oldtown, North Co Dublin, was arrested on July 9th last year.

The horticultural expert and farmer, Mr Keogh, a former director of Keogh’s Crisps, was initially charged with growing cannabis, improperly possessing the drug, and selling or supplying it.

Gardaí originally estimated the value of the cannabis plants at 19,500 euros, but has been revised down to 7,800 euros, the Dublin District Court said. The drug dispensing fee was withdrawn last month.

The district attorney’s director only ordered the injunction on a guilty plea, but on May 17, Judge Treasa Kelly deemed the case too serious for the district court and should be referred to the district court.

On Tuesday, Mr. Keogh appeared again before the district court. His attorney Tony Collier presented a signed admission of guilt to the court on behalf of his client.

The judge then ordered Mr Keogh to be referred to the Circuit Criminal Court for conviction on Friday.

Previously, Garda Olan Keating agreed with Mr Collier that the crops were not grown for the illicit drug trade.

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