Under pressure to smuggle drugs into prison

A NAAS man who tried to smuggle almost €1,500 of drugs into the Midlands Prison was last week given a suspended sentence at Portlaoise District Court.

A NAAS man who tried to smuggle almost €1,500 of drugs into the Midlands Prison was last week given a suspended sentence at Portlaoise District Court.

Barry Fields, with an address at Timahoe East, Coill Dubh, Naas, was caught passing a package to his brother, who was a prisoner in the Midlands Prison, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, on December 29 last year.

Inspector Martin Harrington told the court that the package contained diamorphine valued at €1,250, and cannabis resin valued at €180.

Fields has six previous convictions, three for public order offences and three for road traffic matters.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that Fields had no serious previous offences.

Ms Fitzpatrick explained that Fields had been put under pressure to bring in the drugs to his brother, who was serving a four-year sentence.

“He was aware there were drugs in it, but he had no idea of the value,” said Ms Fitzpatrick, adding that the final destination for the drugs had not been Fields’ brother but another prisoner.

“The pressure came not from his brother, it was pressure from others,” she said. “He’s not proud of his actions on the day.”

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence on Fields, suspended for two years.