Drug-dealer says he would be shot if he implicated his supplier

A drugs peddler told a court today that he would be shot if he implicated his supplier in his case.

Steven Heraty, from Finner, Bundoran, was before Ballyshannon District Court when the State lodged a bid to forfeit €1,160 and €85 sterling taken from him when cocaine and ecstasy was also seized.

24-year-old Heraty who served six months for possession and distribution of cocaine and ecstasy in October, 2006, this afternoon resisted the State’s bid to forfeit the money.

He told Judge Kevin Kilrane that the money was on loan from his mother. He had at the time incurred a poker debt of €800 and he owed €6,000 for drugs.

Heraty said his dealer wouldn't trust him with money because he knew he wasn't “good” with it.

And he said he couldn't bring his dealer into it as he himself would be shot.

Drugs squad detective Mark Deavin told the court that Heraty admitted he would have sold 1.4 gramme packs of cocaine for €100 and ecstasy tablets at €4 each.

Judge Kilrane said the money was from the proceeds of the sale of drugs and he granted the State permission to keep the cash.