Jail for Courtown woman (23) who hid cocaine in her mouth
A Courtown woman who hid crack cocaine in her mouth when she saw gardaí received a jail sentence at last week's sitting of Arklow District Court.
Melissa McDonald (23), 8 Beachside Mews, Courtown Harbour, was charged with the unlawful possession of drugs, possession of drugs with the intention of sale or supply and obstruction at South Quay, Arklow, on May 2, 2011.
She pleaded guilty to the charges and Inspector Syl Hipwell said that gardaí stopped and searched McDonald and as they did so McDonald began to gag and choke. She coughed out a large bag containing white powder which gardaí suspected to be crack cocaine.
The court heard it transpired to be €400 worth of the drug. McDonald, the court heard, wasn't helpful initially but later said that the drugs were hers and were for sale.
Her solicitor John O'Donovan said McDonald maintained the drugs were worth just €200. 'That may well have been the value she had on them', said Inspector Hipwell. 'But they were worth €400.'
Mr O'Donovan also said McDonald is the mother of a four-year-old child, who has been in care since birth. He said he was told that she had the drugs for her mother, who is also an addict, and a friend.
He said McDonald is 'doing her level best to turn her life around and get her child back'.
Judge David Kennedy said there 'has to be a custodial sentence' with the possession of crack cocaine.
Judge Kennedy sentenced her to eight months' imprisonment and suspended the final four months for two years on her own bond of €100 for possession of drugs with the intention of sale or supply. He marked the other matters proven and taken into account.