Two in court in connection with €550k drugs haul

Garda Ger Doolan said that when he put the charges to Ms Sutton she replied: “I’m sorry. I was stupid.”
Two in court in connection with €550k drugs haul

Two people appeared at a special sitting of Tullamore District Court earlier this afternoon in connection to a €550,000 drugs find in Portlaoise two days ago.

Chris Carroll and Fiona Sutton, both 36, with addresses at 82 Rossvale, Portlaoise were before the court charged with possessing drugs and with possessing drugs for the purpose of sale or supply at their address on April 8.

Garda Colin Coffey told Judge Bernadette Owens that when the charges were put to Mr Carroll that he made no reply.

Garda Ger Doolan said that when he put the charges to Ms Sutton she replied: “I’m sorry. I was stupid.”

Ms Sutton was legally represented by solicitor Thomasina Connell while solicitor Barry Fitzgerald represented Mr Carroll.

Both gardaí said that they were not objecting to bail being granted to the defendants but required conditions placed on them.

The solicitors said that they had no issues with conditions, which Judge Owens went on to impose.

The conditions included that both Mr Carroll and Ms Sutton attend Portlaoise Garda Station every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9am to 9pm.

They supply their phone numbers to the gardaí and are contactable at all times.

She instructed Mr Carroll to surrender his passport and told Ms Sutton that if she intended applying for a passport that she too was to surrender it to gardaí.

She also instructed both to be of good behaviour and to “stay away from known criminals.”

The judge then went on to adjourn the case until June 11.

A third man in his 30s has been charged in connection the same incident.

He will appear in court next Thursday.

- This story was updated at 9.01pm

- Additional reporting Digital Desk

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