Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A STREET drug dealer who sold deals of heroin to the same un­der­cover garda three times within 11 days has been sen­tenced to 11 months in prison.

Gar­dai were work­ing un­der­cover in the Drogheda area in Jan­uary 2014 when Tadas Kan­dro­tas sold one of the gar­dai deals of heroin worth €50 on three dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions within the same month.

The de­fen­dant, of Cedarfield in Drogheda pleaded guilty to three charges of hav­ing heroin for sale or sup­ply on Francis Street, Drogheda on Jan­uary 17 and on Breoin Street on Jan­uary 21 and 28, 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to be­ing in pos­ses­sion of heroin for sale or sup­ply on Bach­e­lors Lane, Drogheda on May 17, 2014.

Garda Evan Con­nolly gave ev­i­dence at Drogheda District Court that un­der­cover gar­dai were work­ing on both streets when Kan­dro­tas sold one of them two bags of heroin worth €50 on the three oc­ca­sions.

Garda Michael Man­nion gave ev­i­dence that while he was on drugs pa­trol in the area, he came across the de­fen­dant who was cy­cling a bi­cy­cle. He said the de­fen­dant reached into his right pocket and dropped a bag of heroin.

He has 19 pre­vi­ous road traf­fic con­vic­tions, the court heard.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Irene Sands said the 28-year-old, who hails from Lithua­nia, is a full time me­chanic.

“I made it clear to him he is at risk,” said Ms Sands, adding she wanted Judge John Cough­lan to “take into ac­count the rel­a­tively small amounts” of drugs in­volved.

Judge Cough­lan re­marked: “He was sell­ing drugs. The sit­u­a­tion is this man is a drug dealer and he was caught for times,” and im­posed the 11 month prison sen­tence.

He fixed recog­ni­sances in the event of an ap­peal.

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