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drug supply charge 'Walking pharmacy' woman had 120 sleeping pills on her, court hears

Vivienne Moran (45) was found guilty of a drug supply charge after Judge Brian O'Shea said there were "too many remarkable coincidences" in the case.

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Vivienne Moran, of Mary Aikenhead House, James's Street charged with possession of drugs for supply.

Vivienne Moran, of Mary Aikenhead House, James's Street charged with possession of drugs for supply.

Vivienne Moran, of Mary Aikenhead House, James's Street charged with possession of drugs for supply.

A WOMAN caught with 120 sleeping tablets after being seen in a "suspicious" huddle on the street insisted they were for her own use as she suffered chronic pain.

Vivienne Moran (45) was found guilty of a drug supply charge after Judge Brian O'Shea said there were "too many remarkable coincidences" in the case.

However, he left her without a conviction after noting she was on so much medication she was like a "walking pharmacy" and did not want to see her "damned as some sort of significant drug dealer when she is not".

Moran, of Mary Aikenhead House, James's Street, Dublin, had admitted simple possession of the drugs but pleaded not guilty to sale or supply.

The judge fined her €300 on the lesser charge and applied the Probation Act on the other.

Garda Gemma Seagrave said Moran was in a well-known area for drug users at Christchurch Place last July 24 in a suspicious group and looking over her shoulder.

She was stopped as she walked away and 120 Zopiclone tablets were found in her handbag, Gda Seagrave said.

Moran said she got them from "some guy on the quays" and she "wasn't selling them, they were for myself".

The garda believed she had interrupted a transaction.

Moran told the court she suffered chronic neuropathic pain, was on her way home with her tablets and stopped "to give a girl a cigarette".

Judge O'Shea concluded she was supplying drugs, but "whether she was selling them, I don't know".


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