A GRANDMOTHER who was caught selling drugs from her home has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.
In May, Marie Troy, aged 48, of Delmege Park, Moyross was convicted by a jury of possession of quantities of cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines for the purpose of sale or supply.
During a three-day trial, Limerick Circuit Court was told the drugs, worth around €1,200, were seized when gardai conducted a search of her home at around 10.30pm on December 22, 2010.
Ahead of a sentencing hearing yesterday evening, the mother-of-four pleaded guilty to possession of similar quantities of cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines at her home on July 18, 2011.
Garda Peter Colleran told the court that significant amounts of cash were also seized at the house on each occasion and that gardai believed this money was the proceeds of drug dealing.
Judge Carroll Moran was told that on each occasion, paraphernalia associated with drug dealing was also recovered in the house.
This, he said, included a tick list, a weighing scales and more than 100 plastic bags which were emblazoned with cannabis leaf and black skull emblems.
During yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Garda Colleran agreed with John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting that the case against the mother-of-four was not about the quantity of drugs seized but was about the “systematic dealing” of drugs.
Imposing a four-year prison sentence, Judge Moran noted the Oireachtas has directed that offences involving drugs worth more than €13,000 should carry a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison. However, he commented the “value is not the only indicator of culpability”.
The judge ordered the destruction of the drugs seized and he also granted an application for the forfeiture of almost €4,500 in cash which was seized by gardai.