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Saturday 21 October 2017

Gardai caught drug dealer selling heroin at Luas stop

A DUBLIN man caught selling heroin at a Luas stop had become a "full-on street dealer" to fund his own addiction to tablets, a court heard.

Clive Bass (32) was also caught with €1,800 worth of heroin in his underpants when gardai searched him in a separate incident.

He admitted drug-dealing charges at Blanchardstown District Court.

Bass, with an address at Shancastle Close, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply at the Red Cow Luas Terminal on April 1 last.

He also admitted the same offence at Ronanstown Garda Station on March 18.

The court heard undercover gardai saw the accused selling drugs to an unknown male at the Luas stop.

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He was stopped and searched and found in possession of two wraps of heroin worth €60.

In the earlier incident, gardai stopped him and brought him to the station for a search. They found 14 small bags of heroin with a total value of €1,800 in his underwear.

The accused had 11 previous convictions for offences including theft and breach of the peace.

Bass was very co-operative with gardai and made full admissions, his solicitor John O'Doherty said.

At the time of the offences, he had fallen out with his family because of his addiction.

He became homeless for six to nine months and was living rough or with friends.

He became involved in the offences to make money to feed his own habit.

"He's a full on street dealer," Judge McHugh said.

Judge McHugh referred the case to the Drug Treatment Court and said if this were not open to him, he would have sent Bass to prison.

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