A Dublin drug addict has been sentenced to two years for selling drugs to pay back his drugs debt.
Paul Guiney (aged 25), of Drumalee Grove pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 11.171 grams of heroin worth €2,234 for sale and supply on April 19, 2008 at his former Blessington Street home.
Garda Niall Armstrong told Ms Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, that he obtained a search warrant on foot of confidential information and went with members of the North Central Divisional Drugs Unit to search a room at Blessington Street.
“Paul Guiney was lying on the bed and in the course of the search one knotted bag which contained three smaller knotted bags of heroin was found,” said Gda Armstrong.
“There was another open plastic bag which contained heroin on the bed and in a black box there were three further knotted plastic bags with heroin in them and a silver spatula which was being used to measure the heroin.”
Guiney, who has an €80-a-day drug addiction admitted he had the drugs for his “personal use and to sell to help to pay back what he owed his dealer.”
Judge Desmond Hogan said Guiney, who is in custody in relation to another offence and has 37 previous convictions “has had a chaotic background but this is a serious offence.”
He sentenced him to two years with the final six months suspended on strict conditions.
Ms Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, defending, said Guiney, who has been in the care of the State and the Health Board since he was a child and has been “moved from pillar to post” was introduced to heroin at the age of 12.