Grandmother sentenced to four months in jail after €700 worth of cannabis found in handbag

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A grandmother has been sentenced to four months in jail after being convicted of possessing drugs for sale or supply – her car and handbag were searched when a garda in the public office of the local garda station smelt cannabis.

Julie Burke, 43, of 11 Dromleigh in Bantry, Co Cork had pleaded guilty at Bantry District Court in March to possession of cannabis but had denied a charge of possession with intent to sell or supply the drug.

At that court sitting, Garda Louise Kingston said she was walking through the public office at Bantry Garda Station at 2.45pm on December 18 last when she smelled what she believed was cannabis.

Garda Kingston said Ms Burke, who is a mother to seven children and a grandmother to two, was sitting there with her handbag. Garda Kingston asked Ms Burke if she would consent to a search. That was negative and the garda asked Ms Burke if she had driven to

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