A LITHUANIAN man was sentenced to nine months in prison after he was caught dealing heroin in the city centre on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Aurimas Eitvydas, aged 22, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to possession of 12 deals of the drug for the purpose of sale or supply on March 17, last.
At Limerick Court, Insp Seamus Ruane said the defendant was approached by Detective Garda David McGrath after he was observed behaving suspiciously in the James’ Street area shortly before 10am.
Insp Ruane said heroin worth €300 was found concealed in the defendant’s mouth and he told the court he made admissions in relation to the drugs following his arrest.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client had arrived in Limerick a fortnight earlier “on the promise of work”.
Mr Herbert claimed Eitvydas was one of a number of Lithuanian men who had “essentially been trafficked” into this country in recent months under false pretences.
He said the accommodation supplied to Eitvydas after he arrived here was awful and he said when he complained he was given the heroin and told to move it.
“He is disappointed with himself for getting involved in this kind of activity in this way,” he said adding his client comes from a responsible household and had worked in England for three years before coming to Ireland.
Mr Herbert told the court that no money was found when gardai searched his client and he said Eitvydas “did not benefit financially” from selling the drugs.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy said Eitvydas was “clearly a heroin dealer” and he said court has to take such offences very seriously.
Taking his guilty plea into account as well as his good previous record, the judge imposed a nine month prison sentence.