Irish prison drug dealers cashing in on jail lockdown by jacking up prices
With physical visits curtailed due to coronavirus, the only way for pushers to get their hands-on gear is to have it thrown over perimeter walls.
Prison drug dealers are cashing in on the jail lockdown by charging hard-up addicts extortionate prices for their fix, the Irish Sunday Mirror has learned.
With physical visits curtailed, the only way for pushers to get their hands-on gear is to have it thrown over perimeter walls.
Therefore, dealers have been able to charge more than double the price in some cases for cocaine, heroin and pills.
A source told the Irish Sunday Mirror inmates selling drugs within the prisons are making huge money at the moment.
They said: “Since the lockdown in the prisons it has become harder to get drugs into the jail.
“The only real way is over the perimeter walls as people can’t smuggle them in during visits.
“Due to this the price of drugs being sold has jumped significantly.
“Cocaine, heroin and pills are most popular and can go for a lot more than they used to, even at the start of the year.
‘Awful tragedy’ – man arrested after former footballer (65) killed and wife injured in road crash. A Decent man, a decent Warder, RIP,
A former Limerick footballer and father of four died in hospital following a car crash at the weekend.
Noel McGrath (65) and his wife Doris were both injured in the crash on the N7 at Ballyhiskey, Carrigatoher, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
The collision is thought to have happened at some time between 12.30pm and 1.15pm on Saturday.
The couple were taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, but Mr McGrath was later pronounced dead.
Ms McGrath was treated for injuries that were said not to have been life-threatening.
It is alleged that the driver of the second car failed to remain at the scene.
As part of their investigation into the crash, gardaí arrested a man in his 30s yesterday morning and he was brought to Nenagh garda station.
Mr McGrath, who was a retired prison officer, was a native of Oola-Solohead parish on the Tipperary/Limerick border.
Oola parish priest Fr John Morris told his parishioners yesterday: “A cloud of darkness and sadness has descended upon us.”
Fr Morris said Mr McGrath had been “an utterly devoted father and husband and was always there for his family”.
He added: “It is an awful tragedy.
“He is an irreplaceable loss to his family.”
Pius O’Grady, the chairman of Oola GAA, told the Limerick Leader: “It’s an awful blow for his family and a big blow to Oola GAA club and the Oola community.
“Even when he stopped playing and moved away he kept his links with Oola and with Oola GAA club. It is a terrible tragedy.
“Noel probably retired through injury before his peak. He was a big, strong athletic player.
“He always kept himself in great physical shape.
“I met him lately and he was looking as fit now as he did 30 years ago.”
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses and for road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling on the N7 between Nenagh and Birdhill between 12.30pm and 1.15pm on Saturday, to make this footage available to them.
Any witnesses who might have any information on the accident are asked to contact Nenagh garda station on 067 31333, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.