Suspended drug possession

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A three-month suspended sentence has been handed down to a woman who was arrested with €1,500 worth of drugs.

Joanna Bednarz, 35, of 18 The Birches, Portarlington admitted to having the drugs at home on November 19 last year.

She is accused of having amphetamines to sell or supply to the property.

Sergeant JJ ​​Kirby told the court the defendant’s home was searched under warrant and €1,500 of drugs was found. Gardai also discovered a scale and milking bags, he said. The woman has no prior convictions, Sgt Kirby added.

Attorney Barry Fitzgerald said his client pleaded guilty to the charges. He said she is a 35-year-old single mother from Poland who is the only one caring for her young son who has special needs. She had worked for ten years in a clothing company but had not worked since taking on her role as a full-time carer, he explained.

He said she started abusing drugs and the addiction escalated. “The medicine she had was for her and her friends,” he said. “The problem grew out of drug addiction,” he said. Since her arrest she has seen her GP and provided a urine sample to show she is drug free, Mr Fitzgerald said.

Judge Miriam Walsh described it as a substantial amount of drugs. It fined the woman €500 and handed down a three-month sentence suspended for 12 months.

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