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'Cabbage Patch Kid' hid heroin haul in graveyard

A 'CABBAGE Patch Kid' who stashed drugs for his teenage crime gang at a city graveyard has been jailed.

Gang member Maurice Walsh (20) stashed €56,000 worth of heroin behind a headstone on a patch of inner city waste ground.

The criminal, a member of a notorious young city gang called the 'Cabbage Patch Kids', has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Walsh (20) of Watkins Square, The Coombe, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of drugs for the purposes of sale or supply at New Street Gardens, Dublin 8 on April 30, 2007.

Walsh, who was 17 at the time of the offence, was observed by undercover gardai making a number of transactions and attending a headstone on a strip of land in Dublin known as "the cabbage patch".

When gardai intercepted Walsh and searched behind the headstone they found a quantity of uncut heroin with an estimated street value of €56,157 wrapped in white plastic.

In five separate interviews with gardai, Walsh refused to answer any questions and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He subsequently changed his plea to guilty two days before his trial was due to commence.

The court heard a probation report had been ordered on Walsh but the probation service stated he is not suitable for supervision. Judge Tony Hunt said the 10-year minimum sentence was not applicable due to his young age and lack of serious previous convictions.