A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a woman who allowed an acquaintance to store a large amount of illicit drugs at her home.
Mary Power, aged 40, of Maple Court, Kennedy Park pleaded guilty to charges relating to the seizure of cannabis resin, worth more than €17,000, on October 21, 2010, at Limerick Circuit Cout.
During a sentencing hearing, Detective Garda Declan O’Halloran said the drugs were located when the defendant’s home was searched under warrant at around 5pm. He said 30 ‘9 oz bars’ were found in a plastic bag under a wardrobe in Ms Power’s bedroom. Some of the bars were wrapped in a clear plastic and the total weight of the drugs seized was almost 3kgs.
The defendant told gardai a man had called to her home two weeks earlier asking if could leave something in the property.
She agreed and left the man in the house alone for a short period.
Limerick Circuit Court was told Ms Power was not paid for her role in storing the drugs and that she did not identify the man who approached her.
Detective Garda O’Halloran agreed with John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, who said while the defendant knew the bag contained “contraband tainted with illegality” she did not know it contained cannabis.
Mr O’Sullivan said the defendant’s admissions were crucial and that without them there may have been difficulties bringing a prosecution.
”It would not have been a straightforward case,” he said adding that Mr Power’s guilty plea was also welcome.
He said that the offence before the court was “not very common” and that it was not the prosecution case that the drugs were being sold from the house.
”She was merely a facilitator for an individual engaged in the purveying of drugs,” he said.
Detective Garda O’Halloran agreed and said gardai don’t believe Ms Power is herself involved in the selling of drugs.
Anthony Sammon SC, defending, said his client who has a young daughter, had been living in the house for around three months before the offences.
He said while Ms Power has worked in the , past she suffers from severe mental health difficulties and that she was “naive and vulnerable” to allow her house to be used in the manner outlined.
He added that his client, who has no previous convictions, has found the proceedings against her very stressful and he suggested the intervention of the Probation Service may be helpful before sentence is imposed.
Judge Tom O’Donnell agreed and he adjourned the matter until February to facilitate the preparation of a probation report.
The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.