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Drug mule found with €30k haul in her car

A 'VICTIM of the recession' became a drugs mule after she found an advert to make easy money, a court heard.

Izabela Gilewicz (27) was caught by gardai after they stopped her car and found a sports bag with packages of cannabis. At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Martin Nolan handed down a five-year sentence but suspended it.

Gilewicz, of Oak House, Applewood, Swords, pleaded guilty to possession of 2,576g of cannabis resin, worth €30,920, at her home on May 12, 2011.


Garda Eamon Taaffe told the court that after the sports bag was removed from the car, Gilewicz's house was searched and a black bag containing more cannabis was found.

She told gardai she owed money to banks and energy providers after losing her job.

While looking for a job on the internet she said she found an advert stating: "If you are stuck for money, make easy money." She contacted the number and was offered a small amount of money to store and transport cannabis.

Defence counsel Padraig Dwyer said Gilewicz suffers from depression. "She is the victim of the recession and has brought great shame on herself and her family," he said.