Kinder surprise: White powder trail leads Limerick garda to drugs in toy egg shell

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Kinder surprise: White powder trail leads alert garda to drugs in toy egg shell

Cannabis and Alprazolam were discovered concealed in the plastic 'egg'

A BRUFF garda gave a criminal a surprise when he found drugs hidden in a Kinder egg.

Detective Garda David Gee’s suspicions were aroused when he spotted a white substance on the face of John Harris, aged 24, of De Valera Park, Bruree.

Inspector Liam Wallace told Kilmallock Court that Detective Gee was on patrol on Water Street, Bruree at 12.45am on March 27, 2019.

“Detective Gee observed Mr Harris on foot. He observed a white substance around his mouth. He searched Mr Harris and found a sealed plastic bag containing a brown substance. He also found a Kinder egg containing 35 tablets,” said Insp Wallace.

After they were sent for forensic analysis, Insp Wallace said the brown substance was found to be cannabis valued at €10. The 35 tablets in the Kinder egg were Alprazolam - a benzodiazepine - costing €35. The court heard that the offences occurred two days after Mr Harris was given a four month suspended sentence for burglary.

Insp Wallace said Mr Harris has a number of previous convictions including for drugs, theft, burglary and road traffic offences. 

Lee-Ann Purcell, solicitor for Mr Harris, said her client has had “difficulties”.

“He is engaging with the Probation Service. He made early admissions. He wants to deal with the matter. It was a small amount of drugs. He is trying to get work as a plasterer,” said Ms Purcell in mitigation.

Judge Marian O’Leary said the offence occurred “two days after getting a suspended sentence”.

She fined Mr Harris €250 for the unlawful possession of Alprazolam. The second drugs offence regarding the cannabis was taken into consideration.

Judge O’Leary referred Mr Harris breaking the conditions of the four month suspended sentence for burglary, back to Limerick Circuit Court.