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Man 'didn't know cannabis is illegal'

A POLISH man caught with 700 cannabis plants in his attic claimed that he didn't know it was illegal to grow the plant in Ireland, a court has heard.

Jaroslaw Lasota was arrested after gardai searched his house at Latchford Park, Clonee.

Lasota (43) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivation of cannabis and possession of cannabis for sale or supply on May 31, 2012.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.