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Dublin dad jailed for possession of heroin for sale or supply

Dublin dad jailed for possession of heroin for sale or supply

A Dublin father-of-two has been sentenced to five years in prison after gardaí found around €860,000 worth of heroin in the back of a rental car.

Keith Byrne (33), with addresses at Greenfort Cresent, Clondalkin and Liffey Avenue, Lucan, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the drug for sale or supply at Castlebaggot in Newcastle, Co Dublin on May 7, 2014.

Garda Eoin Roche told Noel Devitt BL, prosecuting, that gardaí received confidential information and took up positions to monitor Byrne's home in Lucan.

Gardaí saw Byrne placing a black hold-all bag in the back of a Toyota Corolla and drive off in the direction of Newcastle, Co Dublin.

They stopped his car near Baldonnell and seized the drugs, for which Byrne took responsibility.

He told gardaí he had to bring the drugs “from A to B” but that he didn't know it was heroin and didn't know their value.

Paul Carroll BL, prosecuting, said Byrne had saved time for the garda investigation by making full admissions and pleading guilty. .

Mr Carroll said that Byrne was “not of great financial means” and had been driving a rented car.

The court heard that Byrne had previously had a drug problem but has dealt in a positive way with rehab services and had abstained from drugs for six months.

Judge Martin Nolan said although Byrne was “not a big player” in the drugs industry and had a good record, he had committed a very serious offence.