Jail term for man with heroin hid in garden
A BRAY man received a three year prison sentence at last week's sitting of Wicklow Circuit Court.
Kevin Kealy (29), 21 Hazelwood, Bray had been found guilty by a jury of possession of drugs with the intention of sale or supply at 15 Greenpark Road, Bray on August 31, 2010.
Sgt. Avril Foley said a search warrant had been obtained for 15 Greenpark Road and the gardai were let into the house by Kealy. Kealy's partner was also in the house. The house and garden were searched by gardai aided by dogs and a plastic container was found buried in the back garden.
In the container there was a quantity of heroin and weighing scales were also found in the house.
The drugs had a street value of €3,500. Known drug users had been observed by gardai coming and going to the house at Greenpark Road.
€715 in cash was also found and Kealy said it was from social welfare and rent allowance cheques.
He told gardai he had paid €500 for the heroin the day before the search.
The court heard Kealy has 82 previous convictions and is in a relationship.
Kealy has been making efforts to address his addiction the court heard but had had a relapse.
He is currently in custody in respect of another matter and is due for release in 2014.
Judge Michael O'Shea said drugs have a 'devastating and detrimental impact on society' and imposed a three year prison sentence.
Leave to appeal was refused.