Tallaght man caught with €100k worth of heroin in family home

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A man who was caught with over €100,000 worth of heroin in the home he shared with his mother and younger sisters has been sentenced to four years with the last 18 months suspended.

Craig McManus (23) of Kiltalown View, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having the heroin, valued at €101,537 at his home in May 2014. He also pleaded guilty to having €8,225 worth of heroin on October 26, 2014.

His 80 previous convictions include drug dealing, road traffic, theft and public order offences.

Judge Karen O'Connor noted that a probation report put McManus at a moderate risk of re-offending due to the fact that he had a supportive family, had since rehabilitated and no longer associated with peers engaged in criminal activity .

She accepted that his mother had paid off his drug debts in the past having been threatened at her home and received threatening phone calls.

The judge said she had "no option but to impose a custodial sentence" before suspending the final 18 months of a four year sentence on strict conditions.

Lorcan Staines BL, prosecuting, said McManus's home was searched in May 2014 following a garda tip off. The drugs were found in a shopping bag in a downstairs cupboard, as was €850 in cash.

McManus made immediate admissions and said he had got involved to clear a drug debt.

Five months later gardai spotted him dropping 60 grammes of heroin into a skip near a neighbour's house. He was arrested and again co-operated with the garda investigation.

Damien Colgan SC, defending, handed in a number of testimonials including a letter from McManus's mother which outlined the impact her son's involvement in drugs had had on the family.

She was "upset and disappointed" that he had brought drugs into their home.

Counsel also handed in documentation to support evidence that his client had since rehabilitated and was no longer using drugs.

Sonya McLean