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Father dealt drugs while minding baby

A DUBLIN dad caught dealing drugs on the street while minding his baby in a pram has been jailed for three months.

Father-of-four Paul Brady (41) was arrested after undercover gardai caught him with sedative tablets in a suspected drugs transaction while he was pushing the young child in a buggy.

He had been prescribed the valium and dalmaine pills but had them for illegal sale or supply when he was searched.

Judge Victor Blake sentenced him at Dublin District Court after hearing he had prior convictions for dealing.

Brady, with an address at Turvey Woods, Donabate, had denied possession of drugs with intent to sell or supply on February 13.

Gda Emmett Brannigan told the court he was on plain-clothes duty near Dominick Street in the north inner city when he saw Brady pushing a buggy up the street.

When a woman approached the accused he gave her something and she handed over cash.

A total of 132 pills and €810 in cash were found on Brady when he was searched.

He was arrested and brought to Store Street Garda Station where he was given an opportunity to account for the drugs but he failed to do so.

In cross-examination, Gda Brannigan told defence solicitor Declan Fahy the woman who approached the accused was aged around 30 and was a "small dark-haired girl with the appearance of a drug addict".

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Another garda had spoken to her and there was no evidence of anything having been found on her.

Gda Brannigan said it had not been a complex incident and he recalled the details of what he had observed.

"It wouldn't be every day you see somebody wheeling a buggy up the road engaged in this, so it would be something that would stick out in my mind", he said.

Gda Brannigan said benzodiazepines were one of the biggest problem drugs around the city after heroin and it was not unusual for them to be sold.

Judge Blake imposed two concurrent sentences and set bail terms in the event of an appeal.

aphelan@herald.ie


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