New dad had €1,700 heroin haul hidden in tracksuit bottoms
GUILTY: Probation for man who held drugs to pay debt
THIS is the new father who was forced by a drugs gang to hold heroin for them so he could pay off his debts after he lost his job and was unable to pay off what he owed them.
Declan Maguire (24) was found with over €1,700 worth of heroin in the lining of his tracksuit bottoms after gardai stopped and searched a car in Clondalkin.
A court heard Maguire was asked by an individual to hold the drugs, and then deliver them to a third party.
He was paid €250 for supplying this service, and this money was then used to pay off his drug debt.
Maguire was before the court for sentencing after a judge ordered a probation report.
Judge Patrick McMahon ordered the defendant to enter into a 12-month probation bond.
The defendant, of Sheepmore Avenue in Blanchardstown, previously admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of heroin, with a street value of €1,745, as well as cannabis resin valued at €50.
The court had heard Maguire was a front-seat passenger in a car which was stopped and searched on Collinstown Road, Clondalkin on January 15, 2010
He was searched and found with a lump of cannabis resin hidden in the sole of his shoes, and 17 small plastic wraps of heroin in the lining of his tracksuit.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Maguire was a first-time father and had a six- month-old child.
He had beaten a drug problem and was now clean. He worked with his father and while he was working he was able to pay his drug debts.
However, when he lost his job he couldn't afford his addiction, and he was forced to hold the heroin in an attempt to pay off his debts.