Saturday 14 December 2019

Woman (55) charged after €150,000 of heroin found at her home

Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN woman has appeared in court on a drug dealing charge after gardai allegedly seized heroin worth €150,000 at her home in the west of the city.

Gabrielle Kelly (55) was granted bail when she was arrested and brought before Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against her for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

Ms Kelly, with an address at Kylemore Drive, Ballyfermot is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply at Kylemore Drive on Wednesday, September 3rd.

She is also charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug.

The charges are under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Garda Fiona Ruddy told the court she arrested the defendant for the purpose of charge yesterday (Thursday) at Clondalkin Station.

She was charged at 11.40pm and made no reply after caution. Ms Kelly was handed copies of the charge sheets.

The garda had no objections to bail subject to conditions.

Judge McHugh granted bail in Ms Kelly’s own bond of €3,000, with no cash lodgement required.

Conditions are that she resides at her home address, signs on every Wednesday at Ballyfermot Garda Station, surrenders her passport and provides gardai with a 24-hour contact telephone number.

Defence Solicitor Simon Fleming said his client’s passport had been surrendered and the mobile phone number would be furnished within the required time.

He said the accused consented to these conditions and that the case would “ultimately proceed on indictment.”

This means that it will eventually be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge McHugh remanded Ms Kelly on bail to appear in Blanchardstown District Court again on a date in January, 2015 for the directions of the DPP.

He also granted free legal aid after Mr Fleming submitted a statement of the defendant’s financial means.

Ms Kelly was on invalidity benefit, he said.

The defendant, wearing a black and white-patterned top and carrying a grey cardigan, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

According to gardai, the street value of the drugs seized is around €150,000.

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