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Granny shocked by cannabis stash in house

A GRANDMOTHER got a shock when gardai raided her house and found cannabis resin which her son later admitted belonged to him.

Stephen Sweeney (34) arrived home in the middle of the search, and admitted the drug was his. He said he had planned on sharing the cannabis with his friends.

Judge Patrick McMahon sentenced Sweeney to three months in prison but suspended it for one year.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis resin, as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan said that gardai had obtained a search warrant and searched Sweeney's home at Corduff Park in Blanchardstown shortly before 8.30pm on March 26.

They found cannabis resin with a street value of €650.

Sgt Galligan said Sweeney was not in the house at the time, but his mother was at home, and she said the drugs did not belong to her.

The court heard that Sweeney later returned to the house and admitted the drugs belonged to him.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said Sweeney had a heroin problem, but got help for his heroin 18 months ago, and is now stabilised on methadone.

Judge McMahon also fined Sweeney €200.