A mother-of-three who had an estimated €74,000 worth of cannabis in her home was being paid €100 per week to keep it for another party.
Tralee Circuit Court heard that Victoria Egan of 9 Cúl Doire, Tralee, pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of drugs.
In handing down sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said there was financial desperation involved in the case.
Tralee Circuit Court heard that gardaí searched the home of Victoria Egan on March 31st, 2014 and she readily admitted having a number of quantities of cannabis in different parts of the house.
She accepted full responsibility and admitted to having hidden the drugs for a period of six weeks.
The cannabis had an estimated street value of €74,000.
The 27 year-old was afraid to say who she was holding the drugs for but told gardaí she was being paid €100 per week to do so, which was helping to keep her in rented accommodation.
Judge Tom O’Donnell said that Ms Egan had ‘landed herself in it’ and had been caught red-handed.
But he noted that she had no previous convictions, was the mother of three young children, and that a probation report had found there was no risk of re-offending.
He sentenced Ms Egan to four years, all of which was suspended, warning the accused that he never wanted to see her in a court again.