‘Small-time’ Tralee heroin dealer gets two-year jail term

A 25-year-old man who admitted possessing diamorphine for sale or supply has been jailed for two years at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.

Tralee Courthouse

Emmet O’Regan pleaded guilty to the offence at his address at 24 Manor Place, Manor Village, Tralee on October 4th, 2014. Detective Sergeant Ernie Henderson told the court gardaí had called to the house at Manor Place as a result of information obtained. When they entered they found the accused with his trousers pulled down attempting to conceal something in his rectum. Analysis later proved this to be heroin with a street value of €900. Other drugs paraphernalia were found around the room. O’Regan admitted to gardaí he was dealing drugs but said this was to fund his own habit. The court heard he was a chronic heroin addict but considered a ‘small-time dealer’ by gardaí. Judge Thomas E O’Donnell accepted O’Regan’s early admission and plea and his chronic drugs issues as mitigating circumstances. However, he said the sale and supply of heroin was ‘an absolute scourge on society’ and the fact that he was still on the radar in terms of subsequent convictions was ‘unhelpful’. He imposed a two-and-a-half year jail term but suspended the last six months on condition O’Regan remains bound to the peace for two years. Prosecuting counsel Tom Rice applied to the court for a destruction order for the contraband.