A CORK man stepped off the Dublin train and was arrested by drug squad gardaí with 15 to 16 deals of heroin concealed on his person.
Detective Garda Desmond Cogan testified that Leonard Geasley of St. Vincent’s hostel, Anglesa Terrace, Cork, “produced the small bag of Diamorphine from his anus.”
He did not name the person he bought it from but said he walked across a field in Clondalkin and bought it from a man there.
The reason he went to Dublin to buy the heroin was because it was cheaper in Dublin than Cork and that it saved him having to buy it deal by deal from several parties in Cork.
He said it cost him nothing to go to Dublin because he was on disability and had free travel.
Geasley, aged 32, admitted he had it for his own use on the occasion but not for dealing to others. He denied a dealing charge.
Eddie Burke said Geasley had been addicted to alcohol and when he got rid of that addiction he ended up replacing it with heroin.
Det. Garda Cogan said he did not doubt that and said, “I never met him when he was not intoxicated in some shape or form. That is as blunt as I can put it.”
Mr Burke said there was no tick list or text evidence suggesting drug activity.
Det. Garda Cogan said, “Tick lists are more or less obsolete and people are wise to that now.”
Geasley was cross-examined by Inspector Jason Lynch.
The defendant said he would be afraid to try to deal because he would have the drugs taken from him “in two minutes” and would not do it anyway.
The inspector said the quantity of drugs was too much for immediate consumption which was why Geasley was prosecuted for having it for sale or supply.
Judge Con O’Leary convicted him today but noted that the offence was two years old and he imposed a four-month suspended sentence and put the defendant on a 12-month probation bond.