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Monday 23 October 2017

Dad claims he quit heroin for daughter

A YOUNG man who a judge described as "a professional dealer" has claimed he stopped dabbling in drugs after his partner gave him an ultimatum -- stop doing heroin or you won't see your daughter.

Derek White (23) said he was only selling heroin to fund his own habit, and he went cold turkey as he took his partner's threat seriously.

A court heard White's father was a convicted criminal, and his offending had a terrible impact on the defendant's childhood as gardai were constantly calling at his home.

The defendant, of Wellmount Green in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of possession of heroin as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The first incident took place on May 12, 2009, after gardai searched a house at Hamptonwood Green in Finglas and found €1,200 worth of heroin in White's jacket pocket.

The defendant was later stopped and searched by gardai at Cardiffsbridge Road in Finglas on November 27, 2009, who found eight deals of heroin, worth €200, in his underpants.

White also admitted to a number of public order matters as well as driving without insurance and possession of a knuckleduster.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said White had stopped taking heroin. She said he occasionally smoked cannabis, but this did not lead him to commit crimes.

Judge Brian Sheridan said White's continued use of cannabis "lands him in a drug culture". He said his first thought was White was a "professional dealer" involved in the "cult of gangland dealing".

He adjourned sentencing to December.

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