A TATTOO artist flushed a quantity of cocaine down a toilet during a garda raid on a house a court heard.
Nicholas O'Connor (22) was discovered with over €1,700 worth of cannabis resin after gardai searched the house in Clondalkin, west Dublin.
He said he was battling a drug problem at the time of the incident but has been clean for over a year.
A judge sentenced O'Connor to six months in prison suspended for two years.
The defendant, of Belfry Grove in Citywest, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis, cannabis herb and cocaine, as well as having cannabis herb for sale or supply.
He also admitted obstructing gardai by getting rid of the cocaine at St John's Lawn, Clondalkin on September 2, 2008.
The court heard gardai had obtained a warrant to search the premises. As they entered the house, O'Connor ran upstairs and flushed a quantity of white powder, believed to be cocaine, down the toilet.
Matthew Kenny, defending, said O'Connor was unemployed, but hoped to qualify as a tattoo artist shortly, and was hopeful of getting a job.