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In brief: Roofer sold heroin to garda

A ROOFER who sold drugs to undercover gardai has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Alan Fitzgerald (41), of Tyrone Place, Inchicore, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of €1,397 worth of heroin for sale or supply on September 10 and 23, 2009.

Judge Yvonne Murphy had heard that Fitzgerald had had a successful roofing business.

Garda Richard Brennan told the court that gardai received confidential information in relation to street level drug dealing in the Cork Street area of Dublin.

It was arranged for an undercover garda to ring a mobile number to set up a meeting to buy heroin.

The garda later bought €80 worth of heroin off Fitzgerald.

Three killed in tour bus crash

A bus packed with French tourists has collided with a train in the Dominican Republic, killing at least three people.

At least 10 passengers on the bus were injured when the bus hit the train yesterday, said Amado Avila, director of the civil defence agency for La Altagracia Province. The two men and a woman who were killed were French citizens.

Drug suspect to be tried in US

A panel of Mexican judges has agreed to the extradition of a suspected drug trafficker known as the "Queen of the Pacific," who is wanted in the US on cocaine charges.

The three judges said Sandra Avila Beltran could be tried outside of Mexico, but she cannot be tried for the seizure of more than nine tons of cocaine off a vessel in Mexico's western port of Manzanillo because a Mexican judge already acquitted her.

Killer's nephew murdered teen

An Australian serial killer's nephew has been sentenced to 43 years in prison for an axe murder in the same forest where his great-uncle killed seven backpackers.

Matthew Milat (19) admitted the murder of David Auchterlonie, in the remote Belanglo State Forest.

Ivan Milat is serving a life sentence for killing seven young backpackers between 1989 and 1992 and burying them in shallow graves in the Belanglo forest.