€150 fine for possession of cannabis

A Cloonfad man was given the benefit of the probation act and ordered to pay €150 to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

Garda Tyrone Tobin told the court that on July 21 2010 at 10.55am he called to the home of John Tighe (33 ), Lavallyroe, Cloonfad, Ballyhaunis, with a search warrant to look for suspect drugs in the house. During the course of the search, Tighe handed him a block of a brown substance which he told Garda Tobin was cannabis resin, which was for his own personal use. Garda Tobin told the court that he sent the substance away for analysis and it was found to be 4.9gms of cannabis resin valued at €34.30.

Judge Mary Devins told the court as this was Tighe’s first offence she would deal with it in the way she usually did and give him a chance. She also told the court she would only do this if Tighe told the gardaí where he had got the drugs and this was a stance she had taken recently and would in future. Garda Tobin told Judge Devins that he already knew where Tighe got the drugs as he was detected as part of a separate surveillance operation.

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