A Lithuanian convicted of dealing heroin on the streets of Cork City claimed that he did not sell drugs, but made his money selling scrap metal and through good luck at the casino.
Aleksander Cvetov, aged 41, of no fixed address, was convicted by Judge Con O’Leary and sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for having heroin for the purpose of sale or supply.
Detective Garda Paul Leahy said he received confidential information about suspected drug-supplying activities of a Lithuanian national by the name of ‘Alex’.
Det Gda Leahy and Det Gda Jeremy Murphy started a surveillance operation in relation to the defendant.
He was first seen at around 10am in a suspected drug transaction on Washington Street followed by similar transactions at Fort Street, Vicar Street, and at the gates of Bishop Lucey Park on Grand Parade.
Gardaí approached him and carried out a drugs search.
They found six deals of heroin in a pocket of his jacket.
Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, said the accused admitted having heroin for his own use, but not for the purpose of dealing the drug.
Mr Burke said the accused came to Ireland on the promise of a job, but he was left down in that respect.
“I was left in limbo with nothing to do,” the accused testified through an interpreter.
Cross-examined by Inspector Gary McPolin, he denied selling any drugs.
“I had drugs, but I never sold them.”
Gardaí put it to him that he was a member of a criminal gang from Lithuania selling drugs.
He denied this when questioned by gardaí, and said he had money from selling a car in Lithuania, selling scrap metal in Cork and having luck at a casino in Cork.
He said he was on about five deals of heroin per day at that time.
He said he bought 10 deals that morning and injected two in a public toilet on Grand Parade.
Gardaí seized six deals.
Asked in court to explain what became of the two other deals, he said they were still in his jacket pocket when gardaí returned his jacket to him.
Insp McPolin put it to him that he was telling lies.
The defendant denied this.