Man tried to hide drugs in flower pot

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A 34-year-old man who at­tempted to hide wraps of heroin in a flower pot, has re­ceived a jail warn­ing.

Ciarán O’Toole, with an ad­dress in Slane, pleaded guilty to charges of pos­ses­sion and pos­ses­sion for sale or sup­ply of €600-worth of the drug in Drogheda.

Judge Gerry Jones ad­journed the case for a pro­ba­tion re­port to 3 May next. He warned the de­fen­dant if he comes un­der no­tice for drugs in the mean­time, he ‘will head straight to prison’.

Ev­i­dence was heard from Sgt Ray Brady that at 2.30pm on 21 Au­gust, 2017, in Mag­da­lene Street, gar­daí saw the ac­cused re­move a num­ber of wraps from his pocket and drop them into a flower pot.

Of­fi­cers then found 14 wraps of a brown sub­stance which on anal­y­sis proved to be €600-worth of heroin.

O’Toole made ad­mis­sions dur­ing a sub­se­quent in­ter­view, and the court was also told he has 18 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, three un­der the Mis­use of Drugs Act for pos­ses­sion.

His most re­cent con­vic­tion was in 2010 when he re­ceived three years for as­sault, twelve months of which were sus­pended.

‘I’ve a pol­icy of send­ing to jail peo­ple who sell drugs on street cor­ners,’ said Judge Jones, and turn­ing to O’Toole’s so­lic­i­tor, he added, ‘Tell me why I shouldn’t.’

Fiona D’Arcy replied her client was not sell­ing on street cor­ners. The drugs were for him­self and one other per­son, and such was his ad­dic­tion at the time, he was ‘buy­ing in bulk’.

The de­fen­dant started us­ing cannabis when he was 17. He be­came ad­dicted to heroin while in prison.

He is en­gag­ing with ad­dic­tion ser­vices. He at­tends daily for methadone and gets ‘take-aways’ for the week­end, Ms D’Arcy con­tin­ued. O’Toole hopes to re­gain em­ploy­ment. The judge said if there is any trou­ble be­fore the ad­journed date, he will deal with the case him­self, and the ac­cused ‘will be head­ing in one di­rec­tion’. It is up to him.

Le­gal aid was granted.

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