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Girlfriend stashed heroin in mouth during jail visit

A MOTHER-of-one caught trying to smuggle €350 worth of heroin into Mountjoy jail in her mouth was bringing the drugs to her boyfriend who was serving a life sentence for murder.

Siobhan Conroy (32) was passing through security on her way to visit her partner when the drugs were found.

She was given a three-month suspended sentence after a court heard she was operating from a "misguided view" that she was helping her partner.

Conroy, of Tamerisk Lawns, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to attempting to convey drugs into the prison on June 29, 2010.

Garda Christopher Faulkner told Dublin District Court he was called to the prison after the canine unit had detected the presence of drugs on the accused. She told gardai she did not pay for the heroin but was given it to bring into the jail.

Judge Ann Watkin said she was concerned that drugs might be used for distribution within prison.

However, the garda said he was willing to accept that the drugs were for Conroy's boyfriend. Peter Mullan, defending, said Conroy had her own "heroin issues" for seven years but had been on methadone for the last six years. Judge Watkin said she was reluctant to send anybody to prison on a first offence and suspended the sentence for one year.

aphelan@herald.ie