A MOTHER and her son are accused of dealing drugs out of their Dingle home, where the mother is alleged to have stashed heroin in kinder egg capsules that were stored in a safe.
Pamela Flannery and her son Darren Flannery appeared before Judge James O'Connor at Dingle District Court on Friday, where the State said both had been dealing drugs from their address at 57 The Grove, Dingle.
Dingle gardaí and members of the Divisonal Drugs Unit searched the home on September 20 of last year and found €200 in cash, a 'ticklist' and a cannabis plant in Darren Flannery's room, Superintendent Jim O'Connor said. Pamela Flannery, however, gave the gardaí a key to a safe in which gardaí said they found five kinder egg capsules containing 23g of heroin (with an estimated street value of €1,150) and 0.34g of cocaine (with an estimated value of €24). They said they also found an empty kinder-egg capsule among Ms Flannery's belongings and placed the total value of the drugs within the safe at €1,600.
Supt O'Connor said he believed the items in the safe, "were not for use by anybody in the house but were to be supplied to another".
Darren Flannery is charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis for the purposes of sale and supply and with the cultivation of cannabis.
His mother is charged with allowing the premises to be used for illegal drug activity, with the unlawful possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purposes of sale and supply, the unlawful possession of diamorphine (heroin) and the possession of diamorphine for the purposes of sale and supply.
Judge O'Connor was informed that the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to Ms Flannery being tried at district court level. He was reluctant to rule on accepting jurisdiction, however, as he deemed the charges against Ms Flannery to be "far more serious" than those against her son. "Because there was a safe there for these purposes," the Judge remarked.
Judge O'Connor did accept jurisdiction in the case against Darren Flannery. He adjourned both cases until November 23 next. Both defendants were granted free legalaid and the court heard that Ms Flannery is a recipient of disability welfare.