Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man jailed for five years for holding onto almost €200,000 worth of heroin

Sonya McLean

A MAN has been jailed for five years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after almost €200,000 worth of heroin was found in his home.

Gareth Mallon (30) of Lower Sherrif Street, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, worth €193,000, for sale or supply at his home on November 29, 2006.

He has 14 previous convictions mainly for road traffic offences and two for drug dealing.

Garda Kevin Lawless told Garnet Orange BL, prosecuting, that Mallon’s home was searched following a garda tip off.

The drugs were found in his bedroom and before gardai approached him with them, Mallon said: “I know what you are going to show me”.

Mallon claimed he had been given the heroin the day before and no one else in the house knew about it. He said he had been looking after it for someone else and he was to be “paid in kind”.

Judge Martin Nolan accepted the drugs were not Mallon’s and said he was most likely going to get heroin for holding them.

“Heroin has done and will continue to do serious harm to people who take it,” Judge Nolan said before he jailed Mallon.

Michael O’Higgins SC, defending, said his client has been a heroin addict for a significant number of years but has managed to “stay clean” for protracted periods of time and was able to hold down work then.

He said the case was delayed coming before the courts because his defence team had “legal issues to investigate”.

Mr O’Higgins said his client had “been running with a particular group of people” at the time of his arrest but he is no longer friends with them. He is now attending for drug treatment.

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