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Jail visitor denies trying to smuggle drugs in bra

A WOMAN has been accused of trying to smuggle heroin into Mountjoy jail by hiding it in her bra.

Lisa Griffin (26) is alleged to have been found in possession of the drug during a search that was prompted by a prison sniffer dog alerting security.

Griffin, with an address at Hedigan's B&B, Clontarf, has pleaded not guilty to possession of diamorphine tablets with intent to commit an offence. The incident is alleged to have happened on December 7, 2009.

Griffin was one of two people to appear before Dublin District Court accused of trying to smuggle drugs into Mountjoy in separate incidents.


The other, Robert Coyne (19), of Beaupark Lane, Clongriffin, is accused of possession of heroin and cannabis at the jail after allegedly hiding it in a condom in the waistband of his trousers on January 13.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned both cases at Dublin District Court. A garda sergeant said the DPP was directing summary trial in both cases.

In Griffin's case, it is alleged she was visiting an inmate at Mountjoy and while searches were being carried out, a sniffer dog "indicated that she had a controlled substance on her person". A female prison officer took her to be searched and Griffin handed over two packages that had been inside her bra.

The street value of the drugs allegedly found was €150. Judge McDonnell adjourned the case until October.

Her solicitor, John Feaheny, said Griffin was homeless after her house burned down and was "under a huge amount of stress at the time".

In Coyne's case, it was alleged that two wraps of heroin and a quantity of cannabis were found wrapped in a plastic bag inside a condom in his waistband.

The drugs allegedly had a street value of €150. The case was also adjourned to October.