Mum tried to smuggle drugs into Limerick Prison

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Prison: Margaret Purcell tried to smuggle in drugs
THE mother of a convicted drug dealer, who herself was jailed for drugs offences last month, admitted trying to smuggle drugs into Limerick Prison.

THE mother of a convicted drug dealer, who herself was jailed for drugs offences last month, admitted trying to smuggle drugs into Limerick Prison.

Insp Seamus Ruane told Limerick Court that Margaret Purcell, aged 47, of Moylish Road, Ballynanty was stopped and searched on January 9, 2012 as she was about the enter the prison Mulgrave Street

He said cannabis herb, worth €70, was found concealed in a pair of gloves the defendant was wearing at the time.

Solicitor John Devane said his client had cooperated with gardai following her arrest and had made certain admissions in relation to the drugs.

He told Judge Aeneas McCarthy that Purcell’s son, who was being detained at Limerick prison at the time had put “immense pressure” on her to bring the drugs into the prison.

“She reluctantly succumbed to the pressure,” he said adding that she was in fear of her own safety and that of her son.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy imposed a six month prison sentence, which is to be served concurrently with a two year prison sentence she received last month.

That sentence was imposed after she pleaded guilty to transporting almost a kilogramme of cannabis in order to pay a drugs debt owed by her son.

Limerick Circuit Court was told the drugs, worth almost €12,000, were seized at Lee Estate on November 10, 2011.

Purcell told gardai she had been given the drugs outside a Limerick hotel earlier that day and that she had been told to drop the package off at a green area in Ballynanty.

Brendan NIX SC said Purcell, was not being paid to transport the drugs and he said she believed her life and that of her son were in danger.

“She was a sprat being cobbled up by these rats,” he said.