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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dad caught in drugs sting gets five months

Gavin Lyons (29) pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply
Gavin Lyons (29) pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply

A FATHER-of-one was caught selling heroin to an undercover garda in an operation targeting drug dealing in Dublin's inner city.

Gavin Lyons (29) was jailed for five months when he admitted three counts of selling €20 street deals to officers in the space of just over two weeks.

Lyons, with an address at North Circular Road, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was targeted by gardai under Operation Tempest, which was set up by the Garda National Drugs Unit.

Lyons sold the drugs on January 13, 21 and 29, 2014.

He was arrested and questioned the following August, when he co-operated and made full admissions.

The court heard he had a number of previous convictions and was currently serving a nine-month sentence which had been imposed last March 18.

Lyons had co-operated fully with gardai, his solicitor Declan Fahy said.

"He was engaged in this activity for a brief period last year," he added.

Judge Bryan Smyth made the five-month sentence consecutive to the one he is already serving.

Lyons was one of 25 suspected dealers who appeared in court last August after their arrest under the garda operation.

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