AN eight month prison sentence has been handed down to a man believed to be central to drug dealing among foreign nationals in the Midlands.
Andreij Kliucionok (35) of 75 Riverside Apartments, Portarlington told gardai that 100 ecstasy tablets found in a small plastic bag under his handbrake were for his own use.
Members of the drug unit in Tullamore searched his car at Lidl car park on November 4 last after they stopped him at 3.55pm.
Worth €500, solicitor Donal Farrelly said the drugs were his client’s way to make some money when his partner was pregnant after he lost his job.
He had a very good job until recently, he said, and with no previous convictions he intended never to come before the court again.
“This will be his last involvement (with drugs),’ Mr Farrelly said, adding that Mr Kliucionok regretted the offence.
However a phone call to members of Tullamore’s drug unit did not confirm that the offence was a one-off incident.
Instead, the court heard he is “one of the main players for the supply of drugs to foreign nationals”.
Saying she must mark the seriousness of the offence, Judge Catherine Staines observed that even one ecstasy tablet can do untold damage and cause psychiatric damage to a user.
She jailed him for eight months.