GARDAÍ intercepted a car bringing €3,600 worth of heroin from Limerick to Cork city and now the man responsible for the consignment has been sentenced.
Keith Heaphy of 59 Kerryhall Road, Fairhill, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of having the Diamorphine for sale or supply on May 18, 2018.
Detective Garda Liam Lingane was on patrol in the Blarney area when he observed Heaphy who was a passenger in a car coming from Limerick.
The detective stopped the car and conducted a search for suspected drugs.
No drugs were found but Keith Heaphy was arrested and brought to Gurranabraher garda station for a search.
“He took a package from his person. It was 23 grammes of a brown substance with a street value of €3,600.
“He was interviewed and made admissions that it was heroin he was transporting to Cork.
“He has 28 previous convictions for having drugs for his own use and four for having drugs for sale or supply,” Det. Garda Lingane said.
The detective said he had known the accused for about 20 years and in all that time he had an issue with illegal substances.
“He has never before taken a step to address this until recently. He now wants to address his issues,” the detective said.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told that the accused was 33 and he commented, “That is a critical age if one is going to Calvary.”
Defence barrister, Sinead Behan, replied, “Yes, Judge, and he is anxious to resurrect.”
The judge said that in imposing sentence he was attaching great attention to what the detective was saying about the efforts being made by the accused to rehabilitate.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said that in those circumstances he would impose a sentence of three years, consecutive to three years Heaphy was already serving.
However, he suspended the new sentence.
The effect of the sentencing is that Heaphy will have a three-year sentence hanging over him on his release from prison, suspended on condition that he keeps the peace for a period of three years.