Sunday 19 November 2017

Woman bought 'drug in bulk' for wedding anniversary and birthday celebration, court told

Andrew Phelan

A young woman with a heavy cannabis habit and an “eye for a bargain” had bought the drug in bulk for her wedding anniversary and her birthday when gardai raided her home, a court heard.

Thandiwe Madolo (25) had €400 worth of cannabis hidden in a wardrobe but insisted it was meant to last her two weeks and she was not going to give it to anyone else.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell found her guilty of a supply charge and adjourned the case against her at Dublin District Court for a probation report.

Madolo, with an address at Blessington Street, admitted possession of cannabis but pleaded not guilty to intent to sell or supply the drug.

The incident happened at her then home in Clonmore Villas, Ballybough, last July 22.

Gda Steven Kelly told the court he carried out a search under a warrant and found a bag of “green plant-like material” hidden in a denim skirt in the defendant's wardrobe.

This proved to be 20g of cannabis with a street value of €400.

The accused was arrested and told gardai she had bought the drugs in Parnell Street the night before to share with her husband.


The court heard she told gardai she was a “heavy user” who would sometimes go to buy the drugs alone and sometimes with her husband, but she could not remember which was the case on this occasion.

She maintained she had only bought €150 worth.

“Twenty grammes is not just heavy use, it's bulk buying,” Judge O'Donnell said. “Does she get a discount?”

Defence barrister Willie Hughes said Madolo had told gardai she had “an eye for a bargain”.

Mr Hughes said that as the accused's husband was also a heavy smoker of cannabis, there was doubt as to where all the drugs found came from.

Madolo told the court she had bought enough cannabis for two weeks because both her wedding anniversary and her birthday were coming up.

She said she bought and “smoked weed” every day and had bought large amounts because she “needed to save money”.

“That was the only reason I had so much of it,” she said.

Judge O'Donnell asked if she was going to stop.

She said she had been smoking up to 10 grammes a week, but has cut down.

“While she continues to flout the law in relation to drugs, she is going to end up back here, or in prison,” said the judge.

He remanded her on continuing bail to April 11 for probation reports.

Irish Independent

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