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Man tried to smuggle drugs to dad in jail

A MAN who tried to smuggle heroin to his father in Mountjoy jail has himself ended up in prison for the supply of drugs

Derek White (23) felt "under pressure" to bring the drugs into Mountjoy, where his father was serving a sentence, when he was caught in a search.

He was jailed for three months for the offence when he pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court.

White, of Cappagh Drive, Finglas, admitted a charge of possession of heroin with intent to supply at Mountjoy Jail on July 16 last year.


A garda witness told the court White entered the prison with €270 worth of diamorphine on him on the day.

He was seen acting suspiciously in a search area and attempted to leave.

White was arrested and taken to Store Street Garda Station, where he was detained and charged. He admitted that the drugs were intended for his father.

The court heard the accused had 33 previous convictions, but most were for motoring offences. He also had a conviction for robbery but none for drugs offences.

"He accepts the drugs were not for his own use, he did co-operate with gardai and made admissions at an early stage," White's barrister said.

"He stated that the drugs were intended for his father and he felt under significant psychological pressure to bring the drugs to his father who was serving a sentence in Mountjoy."