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No jail for woman found with €80,000 of cannabis in her house

No jail for woman found with €80,000 of cannabis in her house

A woman who suffers from Crones disease, has received a fully suspended sentence after more than €80,000 worth of cannabis was found at a house she shared.

Jennifer Maguire (24) of Willow Wood Walk, Hartstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of a controlled drug for the purpose of selling or supplying it to another at Coolmine Cottages on December, 11 2014.

During a search of the property gardaí discovered cannabis in a rear bedroom of the property, in a clothes dryer in another room and in a sports bag. A notebook, a weighing scales, a cannabis grinder and a number of bags were also found.

Maguire admitted to knowing there were drugs in the house, telling gardaí that there was, “a lot but I wouldn’t have a notion of what weight”. She said she owned the drugs found in the bedroom and in the dryer.

The accused also admitted to knowing about the drugs found in the sports bag but denied having received them herself.

Garda Orla Madden told the court she accepted that the cannabis found in the sports bag did not belong to Maguire and that this accounted for the vast majority of the drugs discovered during the search.

Gda Madden told Judge Terence O’Sullivan that Maguire was very surprised when she heard the drugs were worth €82,414. She also said she accepted Maguire was not the primary holder of the drugs found in the sports bag.

During interview, Maguire told Gardai that she smoked cannabis every day and had a weekly habit which cost between €250 and €500. She admitted to selling cannabis to her friends to fund her own habit.

Psychotherapist Peter Lennon told the court Maguire was a “very authentic lady from a good background”, who was clear minded and engaging very well with addiction therapy.

Mr Lennon also said Maguire was suffering from serious medical difficulties related to Crones disease and had in the past cancelled some therapy sessions as a result.

Caroline Biggs SC for the defence said her client has undergone significant rehabilitation and was now drug free.

Judge O’Sullivan said it was clear that Ms Maguire was not a big time dealer, but was in breach of the law nonetheless. He sentenced her to two years fully suspended for two years.