A young mother allowed her apartment to be used to store more than €19,000 of drugs to get money for her children, a court has heard.

Gardai searched the home of Kelly Simpson (27), with an address at Baker’s Yard, Dublin 1, after residents in the apartment complex had complained about suspicious behaviour.

Detective Garda Caitriona Brody revealed that she and a colleague monitored Kelly’s apartment and saw three men come and go in quick succession.

When gardai entered the apartment with the warrant, they found Kelly and her three children and got a strong smell of cannabis.

Kelly pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 177g of crack cocaine worth €12,417, and 329g of cannabis valued at €6,588, on March 31, 2017.

She has two previous convictions, including taking drugs into a prison, for which she received a fine in the District Court.

Det Gda Brody told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that Simpson told gardai she was storing drugs to get money for her children as she was getting no assistance from their fathers.

Det Gda Brody agreed with James Dwyer SC, defending, that Simpson entered an early guilty plea and said she had been under financial strain.

Judge Melanie Greally told Mr Dwyer that his client was “in grave peril in terms of sentence”.

Judge Greally adjourned the sentence until May and remanded Simpson on continuing bail to allow her to work with the Probation Service.

The judge will hear a defence plea in mitigation on the next date.