Friday 2 December 2016

Drug-dealing ice-cream seller jailed

Gordon Deegan

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Mr Collopy pleaded guilty to the possession of €26,796 worth of heroin with intent to supply on November 22 last at Ballycoree, Ennis (Stock picture)
Mr Collopy pleaded guilty to the possession of €26,796 worth of heroin with intent to supply on November 22 last at Ballycoree, Ennis (Stock picture)

A heroin dealer, who used to make his living selling whipped ice-cream to parents and their children from his ice-cream van, has been jailed for four years.

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At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys said that Paul Collopy (41), of Gordon Drive, Ennis, Co Clare, represented "a serious threat" to society and its young people through his drug dealing. Mr Collopy used to have two ice-cream vans on the road before he returned to the drugs scene.

Mr Collopy pleaded guilty to the possession of €26,796 worth of heroin with intent to supply on November 22 last at Ballycoree, Ennis.

Mr Collopy also pleaded guilty to possessing, four days earlier, a 'tick list' - a record of drug users who owed him money. The list showed the total amount owed to him was €37,920.

Irish Independent

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