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no illusions Tallaght drug dealer caught with €4k of heroin came to court with bags packed for prison

Thomas Hillary had 82 previous convictions. He "put his hands up" in relation to the offences, his lawyer said

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A drug dealer caught with more than €4,000 worth of heroin in Dublin city centre came to court with his "bags packed" for jail, a judge was told.

Thomas Hillary (39) was caught with the drug when gardaí raided a flat after he was found dealing on the street.

Judge Bryan Smyth sentenced him to nine months in prison.

Hillary, a father-of-one of Tamarisk Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for sale or supply.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí approached him at Capel Street at 12pm on August 3, 2018.

Hillary was believed to have been involved in a drugs transaction and gardaí searched him and found a quantity of heroin.

A warrant was obtained to search an apartment at nearby St Mary's Abbey, where a further quantity of heroin was seized. The total value was €4,200.

Hillary had 82 previous convictions. He "put his hands up" in relation to the offences, his lawyer said.

"He has his bags packed for custody because he's under no illusions," the lawyer added.

Hillary would not have made money off the sale, which was to pay for his own heroin addiction at the time. He regretted his offending.

He was now clean and had a one-year-old child.

Judge Smyth said a custodial sentence was warranted, given the "serious amount" of drugs involved.

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