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Grandad swallowed 'heroin'

A GRANDFATHER who swallowed a lump of suspected heroin when gardai found him sitting in a smoke-filled car on a back road has been convicted of obstructing a drugs search.

Garda Mark Quill said when he opened the car door, there was a strong smell of heroin. Alan Barrett was in the passenger seat, with tin foil in his lap.

When the garda said he was going to search the car, the accused put a small lump of what appeared to be heroin in his mouth and swallowed it.

Barrett (48), of Casement Park, Finglas West, admitted obstructing a drugs search at Harristown Lane, St Margaret's on January 30.

He fined €200 after Blanchardstown District Court heard he had come under financial strain.