Drugs found during County Limerick raid were ‘medicinal’, court is told

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A HAUL of cannabis found in a Polish man’s home in Newcastle West was for his own medicinal use as well as for distribution amongst his friends, the local court has heard.

A HAUL of cannabis found in a Polish man’s home in Newcastle West was for his own medicinal use as well as for distribution amongst his friends, the local court has heard.

Marcin Zobarowski, aged 25, of Arra View, Newcastle West pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply and possession for personal use following a garda raid on his home on March 16.

Speaking in court in the town last Friday, Supt Dan Flavin said that gardai acting on a search warrant found four bags of cannabis with a total street value of €200 in the accused’s bedside locker. His mobile phone was also seized, and gardai found that it contained messages “making arrangements” for the sale of the drugs.

The court heard that the accused has two previous convictions for road traffic offences in September of this year.

Solicitor Michael O’Donnell, defending, said that Zobarowski is a Polish national who has been living in Ireland for seven years, and had previously worked as a bouncer but had to leave that profession after he was subjected to a “gruesome attack” while working.

Mr O’Donnell said that the accused now only has an income of €240 per week from his part-time work at a meat factory.

Mr O’Donnell said that the value of the drugs found was “nominal enough”, and much of it was for the accused’s own medicinal purposes, as he has had “problems with sleeping” since his attack.

Mr O’Donnell said that Zobarowski’s intentions were “supply, more than sale”, as friends of his had asked him to provide them with cannabis.

Judge Mary Larkin fined the accused €300 for possession of drugs for sale or supply, and took the charge of possession for personal use into consideration.