A 31-year-old man, who is described as ‘a very active heroin dealer in Tralee’, has been jailed for three years.
Darren Gallaher of 204 Shanakill, admitted possessing diamorphine for sale or supply on March 22, 2015.
Andrea Bustard of Cahermoneen, Tralee, was placed under the supervision of the probation services for a year for possessing the drug.
Gardaí raided the house at Shanakill and found a quantity of diamorphine in the house, which Gallaher’s 22-year-old girlfriend, Andrea Bustard admitted was hers.
They also found a shoebox containing a passport, social welfare card and bank statements belonging to Darren Clancy, a name also used by the accused.
The bank statements revealed over €29,000 was held in Gallaher’s accounts between January 2014 and March 2015 although he had only received over €12,800 in social welfare payments.
Gardaí also found a quantity of heroin, valued at over €8,000, divided into one ounce deals.
Both accused were using heroin at the time and pleaded guilty to the offences on April 28th.
Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard he had several previous convictions and had received two custodial sentences for the sale of heroin.
Handing down a three-year sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said Mr Gallaher had continued to be involved in drug dealing and had to bear responsibility for that.
However, he said gardaí accepted Ms Bustard was under the influence of Gallaher and her role was a minor one.