A mother of three caught with €20,000 worth of cannabis under her stairs told gardaí she was under financial pressure ahead of her child’s confirmation, a court has heard.
Sonia Collins (38) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of possessing cannabis for sale or supply at her home in Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, on March 4 last year.
She told gardaí she had run up a drug debt of €200 after buying some cocaine for social use and was then unable to repay it as her child’s confirmation was coming up.
She said she felt “stupid” for agreeing to hold the drugs, claiming she did not know the value of the cannabis.
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Garda Vincent Jaffray told the court yesterday that gardaí searched Collins’s home after receiving a tip-off that she was holding drugs. After opening the door to gardaí, Collins immediately showed them the drugs under the stairs.
A small child was present in the house at the time of the search, and gardaí chose not to immediately arrest Collins. She presented at Tallaght garda station a few days later.
She declined to give gardaí the name of the person who had given her the drugs.
Judge Greally adjourned the matter and Collins will be sentenced on March 31.