Jail for young mum on heroin charge

A YOUNG Dublin mother has been jailed for three years for her role in possessing €1.37 million of heroin found in her car.

Detective Garda Michael Doherty said although the car had belonged to Gillian Doyle, aged 20, she didn’t drive the vehicle and was a front-seat passenger when her boyfriend and his cousin went to a Newlands Cross Aldi car park to pick up a sportsbag full of drugs.

The mother-of-one, of Kiltalown Court, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing almost 7kg of heroin for sale or supply at Ballyfermot Avenue in Ballyfermot on January 23, 2009. The drugs were in the front passenger footwell of her car.

Her boyfriend, Greg O’Brien, aged 20, of Dolphin Road, Drimnagh; John Paul Cawley, aged 30, of Lugdoon, Doocastle, Ballymote, Sligo and Andrew Meeson, aged 40, of The Hawthorns, Carraroe, Sligo pleaded guilty to possessing heroin worth €3.27m at Boomer’s car park, Woodford Walk, Clondalkin on the same date. Almost 10kg of heroin had been found in another car in the incident.

O’Brien’s cousin Solomon Spencer, aged 19, of Lansdowne Gate, Dublin 12, pleaded guilty to possessing heroin worth €1.37m at the same location and date.

O’Brien, Meeson and Cawley were previously jailed for 10 years and Spencer received a six-year sentence with the final three suspended for his role as drugs courier.

Luán Ó Braonáin SC, defending, said his client had been brought along “to give the idea of a boyfriend and girlfriend going on a ride”.

Det Garda Doherty agreed that Doyle found out she was pregnant on the day of her arrest through a doctor who was called to the station because she had felt unwell during interview.


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