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Extra jail time for dealer who sold heroin to garda

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A DRUG dealer, who repeatedly sold heroin to an undercover garda, has been given an extra five months in jail.

Gavin Lyons, 29, was charged with possessing heroin for the purpose of sale or supply after he was identified during Operation Tempest, a garda crackdown on drug dealing in north inner city Dublin communities.

The father-of-one, from the North Circular Road, Dublin 7, already had eight prior criminal convictions for supplying drugs and was already serving a nine-month sentence imposed in March, Dublin District Court heard.

Lyons pleaded to possessing heroin for the purpose of sale or supply at the North Circular Road on January 13th, 21st and 29th last year. 

Judge Bryan Smyth imposed a five-month sentence to run consecutively to his existing term.

Garda Liam Kavanagh told Judge Smyth that on each occasion Lyons sold deals of heroin worth €20 to undercover gardai.

The defence asked the court to note Lyons was co-operative with gardai, that he has a young child and had previously worked. 

The judge was also told he has 32 prior criminal convictions with eight of them for supplying drugs. His other prior offences included theft, knife possession and public order charges.

Judge Smyth said he had to take into account his previous drug offences.