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Man jailed for €36k drug haul

A MAN who said his life was made "hell" after he was forced to work for a violent Kildare drug dealer has been jailed for two years for having €36,000 worth of cocaine.

Issa Elmasri (29) of Clane, Co Kildare, said the criminal stabbed him in the face with a kitchen knife when he told him he didn't want to work for him anymore.

Elmasri had pleaded not guilty to a number of charges relating to the possession of cocaine for sale or supply on the N4 in Lucan, Co Dublin, on September 8, 2009 but a jury found him guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.