One of top Tralee heroin dealers jailed for five years

Simon Brouder

A man described as one of Tralee's main heroin dealers has been jailed for five years.

Last week Darren O'Shea (36), with an address at 29 Casement's Avenue, Tralee , appeared before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing, having previously been found guilty of two counts of possession of heroin for sale or supply.

The trial heard that gardaí had stopped and searched Mr O'Shea, his partner and three children at Boherbee, Tralee, on June 3 of last year.

A number of heroin deals were found in one of the children's school backpacks while a further quantity of the drug was found in a black plastic bag Mr O'Shea had with him. Several needles were found in the buggy that one of the children was in.

The total value of the heroin seized on that occasion was estimated at €2,800.

Gardaí told the court that Darren O'Shea is a chronic heroin addict and is one of four main heroin dealers supplying the drug in the Tralee area.

On April 11, 2016 gardaí stopped Mr O'Shea at Bill Kinnerk Road in Tralee where he was searched and found to be carrying €4,800 worth of heroin.

Mr O'Shea was also sentenced for an incident at Casement Station between November 24 and 25 of 2014 in which he broke into a train carriage, causing €25,000 worth of damage to the carriage and stealing €100 worth of alcohol.

Judge Tom O'Donnell sentenced Darren O'Shea to a total of seven years in prison, suspending the final two years of the jail term.

The sentence was backdated to June 2016 when Mr O'Shea was intially taken into custody.


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