Limerick man jailed for eighteen months for sale and supply of heroin

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A drug addict who was involved in the sale and supply of heroin in order to repay a debt has been jailed for 18 months

A drug addict who was involved in the sale and supply of heroin in order to repay a debt has been jailed for 18 months

A DRUG addict who was involved in the sale and supply of heroin in order to repay a debt has been jailed for 18 months.

Gerard McGrath, aged 33, of Creagh Avenue, Kileely pleaded guilty to having the drugs for sale or supply on November 25, 2015.

Detective Garda Sean Twomey told Limerick Circuit Court, a house a Treaty Villas, Thomondgate was searched and that Mr McGrath was the sole occupant of the property at the time.

A ‘lump’ of heroin as well as 21 individual deals were recovered from a sock which was hidden in a medical tub under a mattress in the defendant’s bedroom.

A further quantity of cocaine, worth €173, was also recovered during the search.

The total street value of the drugs, which had been in the house for about ten days prior to the search, was €4,549.

Detective Garda Twomey said the accused made admissions following his arrest telling gardai he did not own the drugs and was storing them for another person who would call to the house “once or twice a day”.

He added that Mr McGrath, who has a number of convictions for drug-related offences, did not “name names” when interviewed.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the defendant has a good work history, has had drug problems in the past and had “cooperated to the fullest extent”.

It is accepted by gardai that McGrath was under a “considerable element of duress” and that the person who owned the drugs was not somebody “who gives you a choice”.

He said his client was “between a rock and a hard place” and that his anguish was clear from transcripts of garda interviews.

Imposing sentence Judge O’Donnell noted the defendant is making efforts to address his drug addiction and is no longer using drugs regularly.

He said he was conscious of the “considerable pressure” which McGrath was under but that those who those who get involved the sale and supply of illicit drugs much bear the consequences of their actions.

He imposed a two and-a-half year prison sentence, suspending the final 12 months.