AR­RESTS PART OF OP­ER­A­TION VARLET

UN­DER­COVER GARDA OP­ER­A­TION AIMED AT DRUG DEAL­ERS

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A num­ber of peo­ple have ap­peared be­fore Dun­dalk court fol­low­ing Op­er­a­tion Varlet, an un­der­cover garda op­er­a­tion which tar­geted drug deal­ers.

It saw of­fi­cers pur­chase small quan­ti­ties of drugs from cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als, and re­sulted in them fac­ing sup­ply charges.

Mark Gor­man (33), 188 St. Alphon­sus Road, Dun­dalk, was given four weeks to come up with €1,000 for char­ity in or­der to have the charges struck out.

In­spec­tor Mar­tin Beggy said on 14 De­cem­ber, 2016, at St. Alphon­sus Road, and again on 21 De­cem­ber at the Ra­mada Ho­tel, un­der­cover mem­bers of the force pur­chased two €25 cannabis wraps from him.

As a re­sult of in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, they had made con­tact with Gor­man, who has not been be­fore the court on charges of this na­ture be­fore.

His so­lic­i­tor, Frank Mc­Don­nell, said he has plans to move to fam­ily in the US. He has €300 in court.

Judge Coughlan ad­journed the case to 1 Novem­ber, 2017, for pay­ment of €1,000.

‘ You can get the money from Amer­ica, but you won’t be go­ing to Amer­ica with a con­vic­tion,’ the judge warned.

Sean Gor­man (26), 117 Col­lege Manor, Hoeys Lane, Dun­dalk, was up on charges of sup­ply­ing medic­i­nal prod­ucts, Zopi­clone and Zi­movane, at Av­enue Road on 8 July, 2016; and cannabis at Town­parks on 15 Au­gust, 2016.

In­spec­tor Beggy said €25 deals were in­volved in each of the two cases.

He has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for this type of of­fence.

‘I’ll take a grand off him in cash,’ said the judge, ad­journ­ing the mat­ter to 1 Novem­ber next for that pur­pose.

‘If you don’t pay, it will be 10 months in cus­tody,’ the de­fen­dant was told.

Ca­tri­ona McAr­dle (31), 14 Chapel Street, Dun­dalk, has had her case put back to 7 Fe­bru­ary, 2018, for the pay­ment of €1,000 to char­ity.

She sup­plied the pre­scrip­tion drug, Zopi­clone, con­trary to reg­u­la­tions 5 & 6, at St. Leonard’s Gar­dens, Dun­dalk, on 18 Oc­to­ber, 2016.

Paul McDon­agh (30), 5 Pinewood Grove, Bay Es­tate, Dun­dalk, who has six pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs pos­ses­sion, has been sen­tenced to eight months im­pris­on­ment.

Bail in the event of an ap­peal was set at €500 cash.

He sup­plied €20 worth of di­amor­phine (heroin) at Pe­ter Street on 7 March, 2016, and again at the same lo­ca­tion on 23 March, 2016; and at St. Alphon­sus Road on 8 Septem­ber, 2016.

McDon­agh also ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing Al­pra­zo­lam at Hazel­wood Av­enue, Bay Es­tate, on 16 May, 2016.

James O’Han­lon (33), 389 Beech­mount Drive, Dun­dalk, has had his case ad­journed to 10 Jan­uary, 2018, for a pro­ba­tion re­port.

It con­cerns a charge of sup­ply­ing di­amor­phine at Castle­town Road on 19 Oc­to­ber, 2016; 21 Novem­ber, 2016 and 29 Novem­ber, 2016.

Af­ter hear­ing that the de­fen­dant is a re­cov­er­ing ad­dict, and on a methadone pro­gramme, the judge said he had sym­pa­thy for him.

Pe­ter Tip­pins (25), 48 Coo­ley Park, Dun­dalk, has been warned he will go to jail if he ‘spits on the foot­path’.

He re­ceived a 10 months sus­pended sen­tence for sup­ply­ing di­amor­phine at Jo­ce­lyn Street on 9 March, 2016.

Gareth Ward (37), 16 Old­bridge, Toberona, has been told to com­ply with the pro­ba­tion ser­vice or go to jail for eleven months.

A re­cov­er­ing ad­dict, he has five pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs pos­ses­sion.

He sold a €20 deal of di­amor­phine at Mar­ket Square on 7 April, 2016; and a €20 deal of Al­pra­zo­lam at McDon­ald’s on 11 May, 2016.

The case was ad­journed to 4 April, 2018, for a pro­ba­tion re­port.

James English (56), 15 Wind­mill Court, Mill Street, Dun­dalk, re­ceived a 10 months sus­pended sen­tence, for sup­ply­ing €15 worth of Al­pra­zo­lam at Mill Street on 22 Novem­ber, 2016.

James McDon­agh (25), 56 Col­lege Heights, Hoeys Lane, Dun­dalk, has been sen­tenced to eight months im­pris­on­ment, with bail for an ap­peal set at €400 cash.

The charges against him re­lated to three trans­ac­tions of di­amor­phine at Aura, St. Alphon­sus Road on 12 April, 2016; Tesco Ex­tra on 14 April, 2016 and Tesco Ex­tra on 6 May, 2016.

An eight months sen­tence was im­posed on John McDon­agh (28), 8 Coo­ley Park, Dun­dalk.

He made three sep­a­rate trans­ac­tions of €20 worth of di­amor­phine per time, at Pe­ter Street on 23 March, 2016; St. Alphon­sus Road on 6 Oc­to­ber, 2016 and St. Alphon­sus Road again the fol­low­ing day.

So­lic­i­tor Frank Mc­Don­nell said his client had a prob­lem with drugs be­fore.

He works with his fam­ily in the UK when work is avail­able.

Bail was set at €500 cash. Robert McKin­ley (26), 2 Lau­rel Grove, Greenacres, Dun­dalk, has been given un­til 1 Novem­ber next to come up with €1,000 cash to avoid a con­vic­tion.

He was de­tected on three sep­a­rate dates at Bar One Rac­ing, Greenacres.

On 25 Novem­ber, 2016, he sup­plied a €50 deal of cannabis herb, and on 6 De­cem­ber, 2016, €25 worth of cannabis.

He again sup­plied cannabis herb on 15 De­cem­ber, 2016.

‘I have great sym­pa­thy for him,’ Judge Coughlan re­marked in re­spect of Daniel O’Grady (28), 27 Oakland Park, Dun­dalk, when putting his case back to 10 Jan­uary, 2018, for a pro­ba­tion re­port.

The judge heard the ac­cused is an ad­dict, with one pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for pos­ses­sion of drugs.

He sold €20 worth of di­amor­phine at Ro­den Place on 29 April, 2016.

Dar­ren O’Han­lon (30), 497 Ash­ling Park, Dun­dalk, has been sen­tenced to eight months im­pris­on­ment.

The ac­cused, a fa­ther of two, has eight pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for pos­ses­sion of cannabis.

This mat­tered con­cerned a €20 deal of di­amor­phine at Pe­ter Street on 7 March, 2016.

So­lic­i­tor, Pe­ter Lav­ery said other par­ties were present at the time, and his client han­dled nei­ther drugs or money on the oc­ca­sion.

The judge said O’Han­lon is a drug dealer, ‘and all drug deal­ers go to jail.’

Bail for an ap­peal was set at €500 cash.

The cases were heard in Dun­dalk Court last week as part of Op­er­a­tion Varlet by the Gar­dai.

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