A “DEVOTED” father stopped to buy nappies while collecting drugs in his car, Kilmallock Court heard.
Darren Hughes, aged 30, of Crawford Street, Bruff was charged with the unlawful possession of drugs, and for the purpose of sale or supply.
Detective Garda Mike Reidy said on September 20 gardai searched a property in Brú na nDéise estate, Bruff under warrant.
“A quantity of cannabis herb valued at €500 was found as well as weighing scales and bags in a garden shed. The defendant was present and co-operative during the search,” said Det Garda Reidy.
The drugs were for Hughes’ circle of friends rather than the wider community, said the detective.
“He hasn’t come to garda attention since,” said Det Garda Reidy.
Hughes’ solicitor, Robin Lee, said that his client was a small cog in a large wheel, which Det Garda Reidy accepted.
“When he was much younger he got into a spot of bother and was given penalties. He has settled down and is living with his partner, who is gainfully employed, and children who he is devoted to and cares for,” said Mr Lee.
He said his client’s involvement stemmed from the use of his car for which he received a small quantity of drugs.
“During the interview with gardai he was as forthcoming as any person in that situation can be. The likes of Mr Hughes can be in a fearful position,” said Mr Lee, who added that his client is devoted to his children and even stopped to buy nappies on the particular day when he was collecting the drugs.
“He understands how serious the matter is. He got sucked into the whole operation. A lot of his ilk are in this type of business.
“He got a few extra pounds for the household but he wants nothing further to do with it because of his devotion to his children. He doesn’t want them tarred with the same brush,” said Mr Lee.
Judge Mary Larkin said Hughes needs to “step up to his responsibilities as a father and stop messing around with cannabis”.
She ordered a report from the probation services regarding Hughes suitability to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of three months imprisonment.
The case was adjourned until May 17.