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Solicitor at centre of garda probe after allegedly being found entering a prison with illegal drugs

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Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

Mountjoy Prison in Dublin

A garda investigation has been launched after a solicitor was allegedly found in possession of an illegal substance while trying to gain entry into a prison.

The solicitor, who is based in Dublin, was visiting an inmate in Mountjoy prison yesterday evening.

He was searched by staff there, as are all visitors to the prison, and a small amount of suspected drugs were found.

The substance has since been sent off to the Forensic Science Ireland laboratory to determine what it is.

A source said that if the substance is found to be illegal, the amount is so small that it is likely it was for personal use and was not being smuggled into a prisoner.

The solicitor was denied admission to the prison after the discovery.

Gardai are investigating.

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