A YOUNG Eircom worker caught with €200 worth of cannabis in his car when gardai stopped him at a checkpoint was supplying the drug to his girlfriend, a court heard.
Aaron Cumiskey (21), described as an "upstanding member of society" had also been giving the drug to friends.
A judge said she would consider leaving him without a conviction after he volunteered to make a €3,000 charity donation at Dublin District Court.
Cumiskey, of Foxfield Grove, Raheny, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply at Jones's Road, Dublin 13.
Garda Donal Donoghue told the court the accused was stopped at a routine checkpoint at 1.30am and following a search of his car, the drugs were found under the driver's seat.
"He is not a drug dealer per se," his barrister said, adding that Cumiskey had no previous convictions.
The incident had been a "wake-up call" for him and he had not taken cannabis for three months. The court heard he had also since gone for therapy and counselling, which he had paid for himself.
Letters from the treatment centre, his doctor and sports club were presented to court.
"I realise a lot of young people don't think cannabis is any more dangerous than alcohol, however it is illegal and it is a crime," Judge Ann Watkin said.
Questioned by the judge, the accused said he only drank at weekends and there was no danger of him "falling back into" cannabis use. Cumiskey was a "solid citizen" working full time and saving up to go to college, his barrister said. He intended to study sound engineering at Ballyfermot college.
"A young person shouldn't have his whole life blotted by one mistake," the judge said.
She adjourned the case and said she would dismiss the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act if Cumiskey made the donation he had suggested to the Merchant's Quay project.