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Drugs factory found in garda raid

A YOUNG man started growing cannabis plants after he watched a video on the internet which showed him how to do it, a court heard.

Karl Maguire (24) was caught with seven mature cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of €2,800, after gardai raided an apartment in south Dublin.

Judge John Lindsay fined the defendant €500.

Maguire, of Cushlawn Park in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to possession of cannabis herb as well as cultivating cannabis without a licence.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne said he obtained a search warrant for an apartment at Deerpark Place, Tallaght, on July 26 last year.

The garda said Maguire was in the apartment at the time. He co-operated fully with gardai and admitted owning the cannabis plants.

The court heard that Maguire had 57 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Maguire had a dreadful road traffic record but had no previous drugs convictions.

Mr Hennessy said Maguire bought the seeds in a shop in Dublin city centre.

He watched a video on the internet which showed him what to do and he started growing the plants.

The solicitor said that Maguire was an unemployed floor fitter and was no longer involved in drugs.