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In Brief: Six years in jail for having gun

A man who tried to prevent gardai chasing another man to whom he had just handed over a firearm by throwing a bicycle at them has been given a six-year sentence.

Kenneth Williams (29), of Barry Avenue, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the firearm at Mellows Park, Finglas on December 11, 2009.

Williams has 106 previous convictions including a previous offence under the firearms act.

Heroin dealer sold to gardai

A TEENAGER who sold heroin to undercover gardai on three dates in the same month has been spared a custodial sentence.

The 17-year-old had "made no reply to the charges" when he was charged at the Dublin Children's Court.

He pleaded guilty earlier this month to possessing heroin for the purpose of sale or supply, at two locations in Priorswood in north Dublin on three dates in January.

Judge Ann Ryan sentenced him to 12 months' supervised probation.

Egypt treasure seized in US

US customs officers in Laredo, Texas, have seized two stolen Egyptian sarcophagus-type artefacts.

Customs and Border Protection described the priceless artefacts as painted with intricate faces and designs.

A customs officer at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo initially examined the shipment listed as Egyptian sculptures but Homeland Security Investigations agents determined they did not have proper documentation and were Egyptian property.

The objects will be returned to Egypt.

Mexico burial is opposed

A coalition of activist groups is opposing burying 49 unidentified bodies found in northern Mexico in paupers' graves.

The groups say foreign experts and foreign relatives of disappeared people should be given a chance to identify the victims in case they may not be Mexicans.

The bodies were found in May on a highway in Nuevo Leon state without heads, hands or feet. The massacre was blamed on the Zetas drug gang.