Small town heroin kingpin jailed

CourtsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Small town heroin kingpin jailed

Local heroin kingpin John McInerney has been caged for five years with the final two suspended.

McInerney, who has been described as one of the “main heroin suppliers”, was caught and convicted for selling drugs twice before and has a total of 37 previous convictions.

He is also appealing a 10-month sentence for drug dealing.

McInerey of 5 Silver Glen, Mountmellick,Co Laois claimed that he took to selling drugs after building up a drug debt for which he received death threats including a bullet in the post.

However, Garda Detective John Paul O’Brien said he “strongly, strongly” doubted these claims, describing McInerney as one of the main suppliers of drugs in the county.

Portlaoise District Court heard that gardai discovered ten individual wraps of brown powder and a bag of brown powder hidden in the metre box of the accused home when they searched it on the morning of October 29th, 2013.

McInerney told gardai that it was heroin and he was selling it to make money in the run up to Christmas.

“He’s one of the main drug dealers in Portlaoise, Portalington and Mountmellick, he has been for years,” said Det O’Brien.

In April last year Gardaí raided his home at the Silverbrook estate and found heroin worth €200, diazepam tablets and a set of weighing scales.

At a court hearing in Portlaoise earlier this month, he was singled out as playing a major role in the local drugs scene.

 “He was one of the main heroin suppliers in Laois, and most of the county. He hasn’t been caught with anything since that incident,” said Garda Derek Barnett.

Half a million euro had passed through his credit union, post office and bank accounts between 2006 and 2012 when he was on the dole, according to CAB officers.

Judge Keenan Johnson imposed a five year term with the final two years suspended for two years on condition McInerney keeps the peace, remains under probation supervision and refrains from illegal substances.

Judge Johnson also dismissed the appeal and affirmed the sentence of ten months to run concurrent.