Woman caught with drugs that were destined for Cork Prison

Woman caught with drugs that were destined for Cork Prison
21st January 2016... Cells and landing area in the new Cork prison Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A WOMAN caught with €800 worth of cannabis in her car told gardaí the drugs were for onward transmission to Cork Prison.

Defence solicitor, Joseph Cuddigan, clarified at Cork District Court today that Lorraine Creed of Blackwater Grove, Togher, Cork, was not the person who would have taken the drugs to the prison. 

He said that what she was saying to gardaí was that the drugs had been given to her by one unnamed person and she was to give them to a second unnamed person and that this was directed by a prisoner in Cork Prison.

Creed, aged 39, was stopped one year ago on the afternoon of December 29, 2018, and both her car and her home were searched.

She was before Cork District Court today where she pleaded guilty to two counts of having drugs for sale or supply in respect of drugs found in her car and at her home.

New Cork Prison, Cork city.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
New Cork Prison, Cork city.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

After hearing the evidence against her Judge Olann Kelleher imposed an eight-month suspended jail term and a community service order of 200 hours instead of four months in prison.

Sergeant John Kelleher said gardaí saw the car driven by the accused at 4.30pm on the date in question and stopped it for the purpose of conducting a search.

As soon as they did so there was a strong smell of cannabis from the car and she was informed that a search would be conducted. 

She immediately handed over €800 worth of cannabis.

A warrant was granted for the search of her home and a protein box was found in the kitchen containing a further €550 worth of cannabis.

“She admitted she collected drugs from one unknown person for collection from her and onward transmission to Cork Prison. She said the stuff at home was for herself and that she smoked 15 cannabis cigarettes a day,” Sgt Kelleher said today.

Mr Cuddigan said the drugs were not being sent into Cork Prison but that what the defendant meant was that a person in Cork Prison was directing the movement of drugs outside prison on the streets.

Mr Cuddigan said the accused had no previous drugs conviction and cooperated with the garda investigation. He said that before she was aware that a search warrant was in existence for a search of her home she had handed the front door key to gardaí.

“I would be asking – given her age – not to jail her,” the solicitor said, adding that she was highly unlikely to be before the court again and was now in employment.

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