Lithuanian man escapes jail sentence for possessing heroin and amphetamines
A Lithuanian man has received an 18-month suspended jail sentence and fined €4,200 today for possessing drugs.
Viktoras Stepanovas, aged 21, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of heroin and amphetamines and four counts of having the drugs for sale or supply.
Gardaí found €450 worth of the drugs in a flat in Limerick City on October 22 and a further drugs stash worth €1,250 in another flat on December 3 this year.
Mr Stepanovas, of Augustinian Lane, Limerick, admitted he had been selling the drugs.
He said he had come to Ireland on a promise of work and had ended up washing cars before eventually slipping into the illegal drugs trade.
His solicitor, John Herbert, said: "This man was essentially in the grip of superior forces."
"He was ferrying drugs from locations in Limerick to be sold on the streets."
"He knew it wasn't sweets he was ferrying around the city," Mr Herbert said.
Gardaí said Mr Stepanovas made "no financial gain" from selling the drugs.
Mr Stepanovas agreed to keep the peace for a two-year period or face the prospect of 18-months in jail.