The Limerick man grew cannabis plants in his home

A MAN who switched from alcohol to cannabis because of his “extreme fear” stood before Kilmallock Court for drug offenses.

John O’Brien, 29, of The Square, Kilfinane pleaded guilty in Kilmallock Court to growing cannabis plants and possessing cannabis at his address.

Inspector Sandra Heelan said on August 28, 2020 that gardai had executed a search warrant in the defendant’s home.

“Two cannabis plants with a potential value of € 1,600 and cannabis worth € 20 were found. Admissions were made by the defendant. He has no criminal record, ”said Insp Heelan.

Joseph McMahon BL, who was representing Mr. O’Brien, said his client was an apprentice mason with a desire to work overseas. The defendant is 29 years old, childless and engaged, the lawyer added.

“He suffers from extreme fear. He turned to alcohol but drank a lot. He decided to go the cannabis route, ”said Mr McMahon.

The lawyer said his client told him the plants were six weeks old and not alive.

Judge Patricia Harney asked, “What does the horticultural department of An Garda Siochana say?” Insp Heelan said she had nothing to say but the indictment centered on the plants’ potential value.

Judge Harney asked what prompted gardai to execute the warrant in Mr. O’Brien’s house.

“Was Gardai aware that something was going on?” asked the judge.

“Yes,” said Insp Heelan.

Judge Harney ordered a parole and welfare report to be made on Mr. O’Brien and adjourned the case.

The judge issued an annihilation order in relation to the cannabis plants.

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