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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Heroin-dealing dad had toddler in van as he handed over drugs

Alan Dowling (pictured)
Alan Dowling (pictured)
Alan Dowling, Tara Kennedy and Graham O’Toole (pictured) were remanded on continuing bail Picture: Collins
Alan Dowling, Tara Kennedy (pictured) and Graham O’Toole were remanded on continuing bail Picture: Collins

A two-year-old boy was in his father's van when the man handed over cocaine and heroin to another man in Dublin last year.

The driver of the van, Graham O'Toole (24), Tara Kennedy (22) the child's mother and Alan Dowling (46) who received the drugs, are all due to be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in November for their various roles in a €2m drug bust.

Gardai had the vehicle that Dowling was driving under surveillance when they saw him meet up with O'Toole in Ballyfermot where €854,000 worth of cocaine and heroin was handed over.

Dowling was stopped minutes later and told gardai that there were drugs in the boot of his car.

Gardai discovered seven kilogrammes of cocaine and 2.2 kilogrammes of heroin.

Detective Sergeant Gregory Sheehan told Noel Devitt BL, prosecuting, that gardai followed O'Toole to the home he shared with his partner, Kennedy.

There were concerns that a further quantity of drugs was in the van and the drugs would go missing if gardai didn't move in.

A warrant was quickly secured and the house was searched.

Both O'Toole and Kennedy were in the kitchen with their son along with three bin liners full of cannabis herb.

Another bag of the drug was found in the sitting room before a further two kilogrammes of cocaine and a kilogramme of heroin were also discovered.

Det Sgt Sheehan said the total value of the drugs found in O'Toole's home was €1,158,600.

Dowling of Drumalee Park, North Circular Road and O'Toole of Ballyfermot Drive, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply on October 10, 2015.

Responsibility

Mr Devitt told Judge Melanie Greally that Dowling was pleading guilty on the basis that he was taking responsibility for the drugs found in his boot, while O'Toole was taking responsibility for the drugs found in his home.

Kennedy, also of Ballyfermot Drive, pleaded guilty to allowing her home to be used for the sale, supply or distribution of the 17.37 kilogrammes of cannabis, valued at €347,400.

Dowling has 16 previous convictions for road traffic offences and Kennedy has no previous convictions.

Judge Greally adjourned sentencing to November 14 and remanded all three on continuing bail. She ordered probation reports for both Dowling and O'Toole after noting that one had already been prepared for Kennedy.

Barristers representing each accused will address the judge on the next date.

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