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Thursday 16 August 2018

Dad dealt in drugs after valet firm failed

A CAR valeter whose family home was raided by drugs detectives said the search was the "catalyst" he needed to sort out his life. Daniel Hyland (27) hit rock bottom after he lost a successful car valet business due to his excessive drinking.

Daniel Hyland (27) hit rock bottom after he lost a successful car valet business due to his excessive drinking.

A court heard that he was the "front man" for a small circle of his friends, and he was buying and supplying drugs to them. A judge fined Hyland €1,000.

The defendant admitted before Tallaght District Court to possession of amphetamine with a street value of €250 for sale or supply.

Detective Garda Padraig Mullarkey said he obtained a search warrant and searched Hyland's house at Allenton Avenue, Tallaght shortly before 8.30pm on February 12 last. The drug was found in a bedside locker.

The court heard the father-of-one had no previous convictions and co-operated fully with gardai.

Padraig O'Donovan, defending said Hyland he lost his business due to his drinking. He hit rock bottom when gardai searched the house, but it proved to be the catalyst for him to sort out his life.

He is back playing soccer, and is no longer abusing drink or drugs.

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