Man fleeing garda had heroin in underpants

A 24-year-old man hoping to avoid detection for carrying drugs put two pieces of cannabis in his mouth and fled from gardaí with five deals of heroin in his underpants.

The attempt by Paul Collins, of 6 St Anne’s Terrace, off St Mary’s Rd, Cork, was ill-fated as Garda Graham Desmond caught up with him and charged him.

The incident happened at around 11.30pm on February 16 last year. Yesterday at Cork District Court, Collins pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing a drugs search and having heroin for his own use.

Inspector John Deasy said that on the date in question, Garda Desmond was dealing with a domestic incident on Shandon St when he noticed Collins placing something in his mouth.

Collins then took off running but was caught a short distance away.

Collins admitted to gardaí that he had swallowed two nodges of cannabis — enough to make two joints.

In a follow-up search, a package of heroin containing five individually wrapped deals fell out of his underpants. It turned out to have a street value of €140.

Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said the accused did not attend Cork District Court earlier in the week as friends and family were assisting him to go cold turkey to get off heroin by staying at home and clear of all drugs for a number of days.

Collins was in court yesterday where he asked Judge Olann Kelleher if he could send him directly into a residential treatment programme. Judge Kelleher said he could not do that but imposed an overall sentence of six months suspended on condition that the accused would take his own immediate steps to get on to a drug treatment programme.

Mr Burke said the accused never touched drugs before he went to jail in 2013 for 18 months for two assaults. He was introduced to heroin at the Midlands prison and became addicted.


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