Woman caught using kiss to pass drugs to prisoner

A WOMAN tried to pass a large quantity of drugs to a prisoner in Limerick Prison while kissing in the visiting area, a court heard.

When a prison officer became suspicious of the embrace, he discovered Bridget McLoughlin was in the process of passing on 50 relaxer tablets to her partner, Colin Hughes, who is serving seven years for a gun offence.

Inspector Pat Connolly told Limerick District Court yesterday that McLoughlin of Bohergar, Brittas, Caherconlish, visited Hughes in the prison on January 7, 2008.

While in the visiting area she tried to pass on 50 prescription tablets, Alprazolam which are known as relaxers.

Garda Peter Collelran and Garda Noel Lynch were on duty in the prison at the time of the incident.

Gda Colleran said McLoughlin, aged 27, brought the tablets in a bag into the prison.

She made a full admission when questioned about the drugs and had no previous convictions.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said the attempted smuggling of drugs at Limerick Prison had been on the rise over the past few months and the prison officer who made the interception deserved to be congratulated.

He said it was disturbing the accused had accumulated the quantity of tables by way of prescriptions she had got from her doctor.

Her doctor, he said, would be disturbed if he were to find out where the tablets were ending up.

Judge O’Donnell marked the charge of unlawful possession of the drugs proved and adjourned the case to June 11 for a probation report on the accused.

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