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Grandad jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into prison

A GRANDFATHER caught trying to smuggle nearly €1,000 worth of drugs into a Dublin prison where his brother was serving a sentence has himself been jailed for four months.

Daniel Ward (39) had heroin and tranquillisers concealed on his person. A court heard he "did not co-operate in any way".

Ward, of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to possession of both drugs with intent to sell or supply at Ronanstown Garda Station on September 29, 2012.

Jailing him, Judge David McHugh said he considered bringing drugs into prison to be a very serious offence.

Sgt Maria O'Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai arrested Ward at Wheatfield Prison and brought him to Ronanstown Garda Station. During the search of Ward's person, €874 worth of heroin was recovered, along with diazepam tablets with a value of €100.

The court heard Ward had been at the prison to visit his brother. Staff had viewed him previously on CCTV, became suspicious and called gardai.

The court heard Ward had 20 previous convictions for robbery, drugs, public order and motoring offences.

He was a former heroin addict who was released from Mountjoy two years ago after serving a sentence, his solicitor Matthew Kenny said.



He had remained drug-free and had several children and a young grandchild. However, when the offence happened, he relapsed. His bother was in prison and their other brother had died recently.

"He wrongly got involved in this enterprise," Mr Kenny said.

Ward was drug-free again and was giving clean samples when asked. He was unemployed and was living with his partner, who was in court with him.

"I have to give him credit for his guilty plea," Judge McHugh remarked. "That being said, I consider it a very serious matter, bringing drugs into a prison."

The judge said he would have had an eight to nine month sentence in mind, but reduced it to four "given the manner in which the case has been met".