Mother and daughter had tablets at Limerick cemetery

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

More than 5,000 tablets were seized at Mount Saint Oliver cemetery
A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a mother and daughter who were caught with more than 5,000 prescription tablets at Mount Saint Oliver Cemetery.

A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a mother and daughter who were caught with more than 5,000 prescription tablets at Mount Saint Oliver Cemetery.

Bridget Nolan, aged 53, and Shauna Nolan, aged 19, both of Ashe Avenue, John Carew Park admitted having large quantities of Alprazolam (Xanax) and Clonazepam for the purpose of sale or supply on August 7, 2013.

During a sentencing hearing, Detective Garda Paul Crowley said after receiving confidential information he and a colleague travelled to the cemetery where they observed the defendants.

He said a black handbag was recovered which contained six bags of tablets.

Each of the plastic bags, contained hundreds of purple tablets and were sealed with black tape.

A total of 3,521 Xanax tablets were recovered along with 1,524 Clonazepam tablets. The total street value of the tablets was €10,090.

Det Garda Crowley accepted that neither of the women owned the drugs and that they were transporting them for somebody else.

Michael Fitzgibbon BL, representing Shauna Nolan, said his client was aged just 18 at the time and had “no appreciation of what she was getting involved in”.

Mark Nicholas BL, representing Bridget Nolan, said there are “difficulties in the family” and that his client has any trappings of wealth.

Noting where the tablets were seized, Judge Tom O’Donnell commented that nothing seems sacred anymore and he said the circumstances of the offence were “bizarre and bewildering”.

He adjourned the case to February to facilitate the completion of a Probation Report.