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'Man had €3k heroin to pay off drug debt'

A DUBLIN man caught with over €3,000 worth of heroin was forced to start selling the drug after he built up a cannabis debt, a court heard.

Noel O'Leary (23) was given a choice by drug dealers – sell heroin and pay off his debt or face a violent alternative.

The defendant, of Foxdene Green in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of heroin as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on beat patrol at Balgaddy Road in Lucan on November 15 last year when they came across two men, one of whom was O'Leary.


Sgt Callaghan said gardai asked the men to stop but O'Leary ran away and was seen trying to discard two bags with a suspicious looking substance.

When caught, O'Leary later produced a further three bags of heroin to gardai.

Sgt Callaghan said gardai then got a search warrant and after searching his home they found €2,450 in cash.

The five bags of heroin had a street value of €3,610.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said that O'Leary is hoping to get onto a drug treatment course.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for one week to allow O'Leary attend the drugs court. He said the Blanchardstown area is now included in the catchment area for the Drug Treatment Court.