Longford woman hit with suspended sentence for drug dealing

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Longford Courthouse.

A woman charged with cannabis possession has been handed a two month suspended prison sentence.

A woman who appeared before Longford District Court last week charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act was sentenced to two months in prison which the judge suspended following a hearing into the matter.

Sylvia Nevin (29), 41 Grian Ard, Ardnacassa, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with possession of cannabis at Earl Street,Longford  on September 12, 2017. 

She was also further charged with intent to sell or supply the drugs on the same date.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant Paddy McGirl said that on the date in question an undercover garda rang a mobile number and spoke to Ms Nevin.

“Sylvia answered the phone and a conversation ensued where Ms Nevin agreed to supply €25 worth of cannabis to the Garda,” continued Sergeant McGirl.

“The undercover garda later met with Ms Nevin - who arrived to the area in a car - and she supplied him with €25 worth of cannabis.

“When it was later analysed it emerged the product had a street value of €10.”

The court then went on to hear that on September 14, 2017 an undercover garda once again rang a mobile phone number and Sylvia Nevin answered the call.

An agreement was made by Ms Nevin to supply the Garda with €50 worth of cannabis; the pair later met and the exchange took place, the court was told.

Judge Hughes was also told that the street value of the haul was €30.

Meanwhile, in mitigation the defendant’s solicitor John Quinn said that his client had put her hands up from the beginning and admitted her wrongdoing.

“She has two children aged five years, and 14 months old and is no longer associated with the people involved in the trade,” he added.

Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes convicted the defendant and sentenced her to two months in prison which he then suspended for a period of three years on the grounds that she keep the peace and be of good behaviour during the term of suspension.

Judge Hughes also disqualified Ms Nevin from driving for two years.