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Teen grew €2,800 crop of cannabis from €40 seed

A TEENAGER who bought cannabis seeds in a head shop for only €40 and was growing them "just for fun" said he was stunned to discover that he had €2,800 worth of drugs in his garden shed.

Joseph Kelly (18) said he was just "experimenting" with the cannabis plants, was feeding them every day and had "no clue" as to their value.

A judge ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to a date in October.

The defendant admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of possession of cannabis herb and cannabis resin at his home at Cloonmore Park in Tallaght on August 14 last year.



BONSAI

He also admitted to cultivating cannabis without a licence.

Garda Darren Rooney said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Kelly's family home and found seven cannabis plants in a shed in the back garden.

The street value of the drug was €2,800.

A small quantity of cannabis resin, worth about €140, was also found in the search.

A court heard the teenager, who was a juvenile at the time of the offence, had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Kelly did what many men have done, he went into a head shop and bought the seeds for €40.

Mr Hennessy said Kelly also had bonsai trees and was growing both "just for fun".

He said the defendant had no clue at all about the value of the cannabis plants, and didn't realise the trouble it would cause.



FOOTBALLER

The solicitor said that in the past there was a level of criminality involved in growing cannabis, but he said this was no longer the case and the seeds were easily available in head shops and over the internet.

Mr Hennessy said Kelly, who is a keen footballer, was experimenting with growing the drug and was stunned by how much it was worth.

Judge James McDonnell said the charges were very serious.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report and a community services report and adjourned sentencing to October.

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