A Tallaght man who was caught by chance transporting €150,000 of heroin has received a three year prison sentence with 12 months suspended.
Garda Gavin Cook revealed that he and members of the Garda National Drugs Unit were around the Belgard Road area on other business when they observed Robert Irwin (46) put a heroin package into the boot of a taxi.
Two men had gotten out of the taxi and gone into a nearby Aldi, when Irwin took the package from his red van.
Irwin, of Kingswood Heights, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 1kg of heroin at the Belgard Road, Tallaght on November 27, 2012. He has no previous convictions.
Gda Cook told Vincent Heneghan BL, prosecuting, that Irwin hadn’t come to adverse garda attention before or since the incident.
He agreed with Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, that his client had been in financial trouble and agreed to transport the drugs for a fee, which he never received.
Mr Dwyer asked Judge Desmond Hogan to take into consideration his client’s early guilty plea, full co-operation with gardai and previously clean record.
Judge Hogan said Irwin’s early plea must be “contextualised by the fact he was practically caught red handed”. He suspended the final year of sentence.