Murderer convicted of possessing heroin in prison

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    Murderer convicted of possessing heroin in prison

    Convicted murderer Gary Campion has received a four-year sentence after admitting to possessing €2,300 worth of heroin at Limerick Prison while he was awaiting trial for murder.

    The 26-year-old, from Delmege Park, Moyross, pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at the Mulgrave Street prison on March 1st, 2007.

    He is currently serving two life sentences for the murders of nightclub security man Brian Fitzgerald in 2002 and Frankie Ryan from Moyross in 2006.

    During a routine search of his cell on the A3 landing of Limerick Prison, a prison officer noticed the 26-year-old had his fist clenched.

    Following a struggle, 73 knotted bags of heroin fell on to the bed and floor.

    Detective Garda Oliver Foley told the court the drugs would have had a street value of €2,300.

    He described them as "street deals" ready to be passed on to other prisoners.

    Prosecution counsel John O'Sullivan said Mr Campion had 40 previous convictions, including two for murder, and, at the time, he was on remand at Limerick Prison awaiting trial for murder.

    Andrew Moriarty, for the defence, said his client was only a custodian of the drugs, which belonged to someone else.

    Judge Carroll Moran gave the defendant credit for the guilty plea and imposed a four-year sentence.

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