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No jail for man caught with €3k worth of heroin after car crash

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A 67-year-old family man was caught with over €3,000 worth of heroin after a car crash, a court has heard.

Hussein Shahrohki, of Ballyogan Green, Carrickmines, Dublin, was given a one year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for having the drugs, worth €3,300, on April 19, 2012. 

The pensioner smokes two €20 bags of heroin a week sitting outside his home in his car and told gardai he wouldn’t sell the drug as that would go “against his religious beliefs”.

Defence counsel, James Dwyer BL told the court: “In Persian culture, the use of opiates is far more permissive there than it is in Ireland. Here, heroin is the only available opiate.”

Shahrohki, a carpet maker originally from Iran, was involved in a car crash on Leinster Road in Rathmines on April 19, 2012.

Garda Michael Cunningham said that when he attended the scene, he discovered the man was “unsteady on his feet”.

The father-of-two was taken to Rathmines Garda station and ordered to supply blood and urine samples.

At this point, Gda Cunningham became aware he had discarded a bag containing brown powder which they discovered was heroin.

Mr Dwyer told the court: “Neighbours described him as extremely popular it the community, extremely helpful,  a kind and generous, caring man with a genuinely good heart who lives for his family.”

Judge Patricia Ryan said she took into account the “serious nature” of the crime and the amount of drugs while also taking into account the accused’s guilty plea.