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A MOTHER-of-two caught with more than €600 of tranquilliser tablets had picked them up when they were dropped during a brawl, her defence said.

Natalie Breen (52) took up hundreds of tablets when they ended up on the ground following a fight among a group of people.

Judge John Brennan fined her €300 at Dublin District Court.

Breen, of School Street Flats, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to three counts simple possession of drugs.

Sale or supply charges were withdrawn by the prosecution.

Garda Anthony Galbraith told the court he saw six people at a bus stop at the North Circular Road near Hanlon's Corner in Dublin 7 on August 27, 2019.

They were acting suspicious in a known area for drug activity and gardaí searched them.

Breen was there and was found with hundreds of tablets worth a total of €640.

She had previous convictions but her last was in 2002.

There was a queue for a nearby methadone clinic, Breen's barrister Eoghan Weldon said, and there had been a fight before gardaí arrived.

"Lots of tablets" ended up on the ground and she picked them up, Mr Weldon said.

When the gardaí arrived, she "held her hands up".

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Gda Galbraith said the accused had said she was holding on to the tablets for someone else.

Mr Weldon asked the judge to see what happened as a "blip" for Breen.

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