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Widow to be sentenced for attempt to import heroin through airport

Fiona Ferguson

Published 29/01/2013 | 17:58

A 45-YEAR-OLD widowed mother of two who attempted to import over €18,000 of heroin through Dublin Airport will be sentenced later.

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Jacqueline Miley had been a carer for her husband who suffered from MS prior to his death but fell behind in her rent to the city council due to her drug use and was to be paid €1,000 for transporting these drugs.

Miley of North King Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to importation of drugs and possession of heroin at Dublin Airport on January 25, 2011.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until March to allow probation and welfare report be prepared.

Garda Stephen Rooney told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that Miley was stopped by Customs Officer Donna Hayes as she passed through Dublin Airport after getting off a flight from Brussels.

A swab for drugs taken from her baggage was positive and she produced packages from her bra and trousers and later passed a further package that had been concealed internally.

The packages contained a total of 120.702 grams of heroin with a street value of €18,105.

During interview she told gardai she had flown to Brussels and travelled to Amsterdam by train where she picked up the drugs and was to bring it back for someone else. She did not give gardai names as she was in fear.

She admitted being a heroin user and told gardai she was to receive €1,000 for her role.

Miley owed Dublin City Council €2,000 in rent as she had missed rent payments to buy drugs. She also had a €250 drug debt.

Gda Rooney said Miley has previous convictions for road traffic offences, the last of which was in 2003.

Sean Gillane SC, defending, said Miley had left school at 16-years-old and worked in a factory without any problems. She met her husband and married young and it appeared she would have continued to lead a productive life.

Mr Gillane said things took a “bad turn” when her husband was diagnosed with MS and was physically incapacitated by the age of 30, unable to move from the neck down. Miley became a full time carer for him as well as their children.

After her husband was placed in a hospice she continued to care for him at weekends and worked as a cleaner during the week.

She began to experiment with heroin and started to smoke it which led to her coming to the attention of people higher up the chain of the drugs trade.

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