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Derek Cooling (26) was jailed for five months after admitting sale or supply of drugs, as well as obstructing a search. (stock photo)

Derek Cooling (26) was jailed for five months after admitting sale or supply of drugs, as well as obstructing a search. (stock photo)

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Derek Cooling (26) was jailed for five months after admitting sale or supply of drugs, as well as obstructing a search. (stock photo)

A father-of-two was caught drug dealing in a part of Dublin city centre where it was a "perennial problem".

Derek Cooling (26) was jailed for five months after admitting sale or supply of drugs, as well as obstructing a search.

Dublin District Court heard gardai on duty at Merchants Quay last August 28 saw Cooling, of Kilcarrig Avenue, Tallaght, in a drug transaction.

"Monies were exchanged" and the accused was seen handing a man a package.

As a garda approached, Cooling hid a number of items about his person.

Chase

The officer found Cooling with four deals of heroin and one of crack, worth a combined €80.

He also had €245 in cash on him.

Last September 5, gardai saw Cooling in another suspected drugs transaction.

He had a tray of tablets, and when officers app-roached to search him, he swallowed the tablets and ran off.

He was caught after a short chase.

Cooling was in custody and looked healthier now, his lawyer said.

"He's definitely put on weight," the prosecuting garda said. "Not in a bad way."