Monday 22 January 2018

Heroin courier had 'bags packed' for jail

Dublin District

Mark Sorahan was caught transporting heroin
Mark Sorahan was caught transporting heroin

A drug user caught transporting more than €1,800 worth of heroin through a housing estate had been told to carry it because of a drug debt, a court heard.

Mark Sorahan (40) had 107 prior convictions and came to court "with his bags packed" because he knew he faced jail. However, Judge Patricia McNamara adjourned his case for a pre-sentence probation report.


Sorahan pleaded guilty to having drugs with intent to sell or supply at Ferrycarrig Green, Coolock, on August 7, 2014.

A garda told Dublin District Court the accused was stopped and searched and was found in possession of €1,850 worth of heroin.

Sorahan, from Ferrycarrig Drive, admitted he had amassed a drug debt and was in the process of transporting the heroin, his barrister Emmet Nolan said. His prior convictions were mostly for motoring offences, but some were for the sale or supply of drugs.

"There is no denying he has a very serious record and is in serious peril before the court," Mr Nolan said. "He comes before the court with his bags effectively packed. He understands he is facing an immediate custodial sentence."

Sorahan had worked in various jobs, including at a restaurant, Mr Nolan said. He had started taking drugs relatively late in life. Mr Nolan asked the judge to defer her decision for the production of a pre-sentence probation report. She adjourned the case to a date next month.

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