A MAN who was caught trying to flush six bags of heroin down the toilet has been jailed for 16 months.
Kenneth Byrne (28) told gardai he was “bagging up” the drugs to give them to someone else.
Byrne of Loughlinstown Park, Loughlinstown, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at his home on July 26, 2011.
Garda Gary Dunne told prosecuting counsel Caroline Cummins BL that after securing a search warrant for the house, gardai found Byrne trying to flush six bags of brown powder down the toilet.
They also found €520 worth of cannabis, two weighing scales and plastic bags which were to be used to bag the drugs.
The estimated market value of the heroin found was €6,945.
Ronan Kennedy BL, defending, said his client was a drug addict who was in fear of the people who had supplied him with the drugs.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Byrne has three previous convictions, including one for dealing drugs in 2007.
Judge Martin Nolan said this previous charge was a complicating factor but that Byrne had a serious drug addiction and has gone a long way towards rehabilitating himself.
He imposed a sentence of three years but suspended all but 16 months of this on the condition that Byrne is of good behaviour for two years.