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Monday 11 December 2017

Ex-addict 'stocked up' on heroin after relapse

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A DUBLIN woman caught with €1,200 worth of heroin has claimed she "armed" herself with as much of the drug as she could after she relapsed into using it again.

Janet Lakes (52) had family difficulties at the time and she turned to heroin to try to cope, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing for 10 weeks to a date in May.

The defendant, of Dromheath Avenue in Mulhuddart, admitted to possession of heroin and cannabis herb.

The offences, contrary to the misuse of drugs act, took place at the defendant's home on October 22, 2014.

A charge of having heroin for sale or supply was struck out.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that gardai obtained a warrant and searched the defendant's home.

During the course of the search, Sgt Callaghan said that gardai found heroin with a street value of €1,400.

Officers also found cannabis with a street value of €200, said the sergeant.

The court heard that Lakes has three previous convictions which date back a number of years.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan handed a medical report into court, saying Lakes is on a multiplicity of medications, including methadone.

Ms Brennan said Lakes has a long history of heroin problems, and had relapsed at the time of this incident due to a number of family difficulties.

The solicitor accepted the street value of the heroin was high but said that Lakes had "armed" herself with as much of the drug as she could.

Ms Brennan said Lakes was not supplying the drug to anyone else as she has been "around too long to be involved in that kind of activity".

The court heard that Lakes, who is on social welfare, is now doing very well and has put this matter behind her.

Ms Brennan also said Lakes is stabilised on methadone and is attending a doctor.

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