Man busted trying to conduct €18k heroin deal in the middle of Busaras
A Cork man who was caught making an €18,000 heroin transaction in Dublin's Busaras by plain clothes gardai has received a seven year sentence with four suspended.
Patrick Constant (32) will begin this sentence after he serves three years in jail for another drugs offence.
Constant, of Riverview Estate Tower, Blarney, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 122.6 grammes of heroin worth €18,390 at Busaras, Store Street on February 17, 2015.
He has 19 previous convictions, including road traffic matters and two drugs possession offences.
Garda Joanne Myles revealed that she approached the father-of-two in the Bus Aras lobby after she heard another male ask him: “Did you get the gear ?”.
Gda Myles told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that Constant avoided answering her questions when she informed him she wanted to search him after seeing him pass a package to the other man.
She said he dragged her to the ground as she tried to handcuff him and gardai later discovered he had a heroin package in a sock between his trouser legs.
Constant said he was getting €500 to offset a €3,000 drug debt if he collected a package in Dublin and returned it to Cork.
Gda Myles agreed with Damien Colgan SC, defending, that his client gave her his correct name and date of birth at the scene.
She accepted that Constant had been promised a job on his release from prison.
Mr Colgan submitted to Judge Patrick McCartan that his client had entered an early guilty plea, had co-operated with gardai and had been trying to overcome his heroin addiction.
Judge McCartan suspended four years of the seven year sentence and ordered that Constant undergo two years post release supervision.