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Thurles Man Guilty To Possession Of Cannabis

Cannabis Resin

The Herald newspaper reports today, that James McDonald aged 63, of Iona Avenue, Thurles, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin with intent to sell or supply at his shop, “Get Up And Grow,” a “head store-type shop” selling plants and growing material, at Great Strand Street, Dublin 1, on February 11, 2010.

Mr McDonald, who runs a successful business employing 20 people, was given a four-month suspended sentence, after the drug was found in a raid on his shop. Dublin District Court heard he immediately accepted responsibility for the drug and told gardai it had nothing to do with any of his employees.

Garda Patrick McAvinue told the court he went to search the premises while the accused was not present. Mr McDonald returned to the store and informed gardai that there were “a few bars of cannabis in the office upstairs.” The drugs, worth €7,695, were seized along with €3,300 in cash.

The court heard he had previous convictions for drug possession, but they dated back to the 1990s.
As well as suspending the four-month sentence for a year, Judge Patricia McNamara fined Mr McDonald €750.

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