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Woman who travelled to Dublin to pick up thousands of euro worth of heroin avoids jail

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Karen Browne
Karen Browne

A woman who travelled from her home in Waterford to pick up a bag of heroin from Dublin has avoided a jail term.

Karen Browne (27) had never come to garda attention before when she agreed to pick up €4,092 worth of heroin from a known drug dealing spot in a Dublin suburb.

She was to take 1.2 grams of the stash for her role, which would have fed her own addiction for a week.

Browne of Manor Court, Waterford city pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having the drugs for supply on September 23, 2014 in Bawnogue, Clondalkin.

Garda Fiona Ruddy told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that gardai were suspicious of Browne when they spotted her at a green area around the canal in Bawnogue, as it was a known drug dealing spot.

They followed her in a taxi, stopped her and found just over 27 grams of heroin in her handbag. She said she had been given €950 to buy it for a man in Waterford.

Gda Ruddy agreed with Conor McKenna BL, defending, that Browne has not come to garda attention since and had dealt with her addiction.

She accepted that at the time she was a vulnerable drug user but had since secured a job working in a garden centre in Wexford.

Gda Ruddy further accepted a suggestion from counsel that she was "confident that Browne is unlikely to come before the courts again".

Mr McKenna said Browne was remorseful and ashamed that she is before the courts for the first time. She accepts that she was an integral part in this drug dealing process.

Judge Melanie Greally said Browne was "co-operative, frank and forthright in her admissions to gardai" before she suspended a two-year sentence in full.

Sonya McLean