A cocaine dealer who brought €50,000 worth of the drug on the train from Dublin to Cork was jailed today for 10 years.
The drugs were concealed in a gold-coloured champagne box.
Donal Heaphy (aged 54) of Flat 1, 2 Victoria Road, Cork, “showed considerable commitment to the organisation and delivery of the drugs – a level of dedication that does not suggest to the outsider there is much scope for rehabilitation”, Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said as he sentenced Heaphy.
The judge praised the police work of Garda Tom Browne who spotted Heaphy and another man sitting at a table outside a bar by Heuston Station in Dublin on the afternoon of September 14, 2005 and he kept them under observation.
Heaphy placed a gold-coloured box in a brown paper bag on the table, and the two men had a few drinks, according to the garda.
The garda saw Heaphy handing the box to the other man and both men then getting on the train to Cork city.
Garda Browne saw the second man place the box over his head in one of the luggage racks. He sat behind both men on the train keeping them and the box in view.
Det. Garda John Sheehy said Heaphy had a previous conviction for supplying drugs in 1998, for which he got an 11-month sentence.
Tom Creed, senior counsel, said Heaphy had a life-long addiction to alcohol and could drink three bottles of whiskey a day and that he had been hospitalised several times where his stomach had to be pumped out as a result of drinking such quantities of alcohol.