Limerick drug dealer was using dole to pay drugs debt

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse, Merchant's Quay
A PROSPECT man has been sentenced to three years in prison for drugs offences.

A PROSPECT man has been sentenced to three years in prison for drugs offences.

Daragh Casey, aged 22, ofHyde Road pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to possession of heroin for the purpose of sale or supply just over a year ago.

During a sentencing hearing, Det Garda David Godfrey of the divisional drugs unit, said he observed the defendant and a woman acting suspiciously at Hyde Road at around 6pm on March 31, 2011.

He said he approached the couple and searched them under drugs legislation.

He said Casey was holding a single deal of heroin when he approached him and that a further two blocks of the drug were found in an orange plastic bag in the woman’s handbag.

Det Garda Godfrey told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, the total value of the drugs seized was €3,226.

Following his arrest, Casey admitted responsibility for the drugs and he told gardai he had put them in his girlfriend’s handbag.

He also told gardai he had bought the heroin for €1,500 and that he was repaying the drugs debt from his dole money.

Brian McInerney BL, said Casey was a “chivalrous drug dealer” as he had taken responsibility for the drugs and told Gardai “the girl had nothing to do with it”.

Judge Carroll Moran was told Casey has 61 previous convictions and Det Garda David Godfrey accepted that he is a chronic cannabis addict but that he does not take heroin himself.

Noting the defendant’s guilty plea and his previous record, Judge Moran imposed a three year sentence but suspended the final 18 months for five years.

However, he ordered the sentence be served consecutively to a separate jail term which Casey is currently serving.