Man had €1,400 of drugs
A MAN who was found in possession of cannabis herb, which gardai estimated had a street value of €1,400, escaped conviction at Wexford District Court in return for paying €500 to The Cornmarket Project.
Clive Cullen, aged 31 and from 36 Clonard Village, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of drugs when stopped by Gardaí at Newtown Road on December 22, 2011.
While Gardaí valued the drugs (120 grams of cannabis resin) at €1,400, Cullen's solicitor told the court that he had paid just €300 for them and had intended to share them with a friend.
The court also heard that, at the time, Cullen was struggling with addiction to drink and drugs and that he attended Aiseiri in 2012 to receive help. He had no previous convictions for drugs and was said to have 'a different outlook' on life now.
'If the €300 he paid was genuine, I'd consider a contribution,' said Judge Lindsay, to which the Garda Supt replied: 'What he paid and the street value are two completely different things.'
Judge Lindsay gave the defendant the benefit of the doubt and asked him to pay €500 to the Cornmarket Project in exchange for escaping a conviction.