Woman avoids jail for smuggling drugs into prison after threat

by Gazette Reporter

By Declan Brennan

A mother-of-three with no previous convictions was told under threat to smuggle heroin into Mountjoy prison, a court has heard.

Laura Lambe (35) had heroin and Valium type tablets hidden in her bra when she went in to visit her then partner in the prison in November 2017.

Simon Matthews BL, defending, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the night before this, a man visited her and said he knew she was going into the prison the next day. He threatened her and her children before giving her the drugs and telling her to smuggle them in.

The woman appeared nervous when going through the prison security and when prison officials began to search her she voluntarily told them she had the drugs hidden in her bra.

The court heard the estimated street value of the heroin was €1,933 and there was 24 Alprazone tablets, worth €2 each.

Lambe of Basin Street, Dublin city pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into prison on November 11, 2017.

Mr Matthews told the court that his client was a vulnerable person who was easy prey for people who were prepared to threaten her for their own means.  He said she has no other convictions and has not come to garda attention since this offence.

Judge Melanie Greally said that Lambe was not a serious criminal and that this was a once off lapse. She said Lambe has made efforts to address her own addiction issues.

She suspended a prison term of two years on condition she be of good behaviour.

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