Suspended sentence for receiving Valium tablets


A Dublin woman has been given a four-year suspended sentence for receiving a package of Valium worth more than €32,000. Amanda Little (24), Oak Road, Donnycarney, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of more than 16,000 Valium tablets.

Garda Hugh Coughlan told Cormac Quinn, prosecuting, the drugs were ordered online and posted to Little’s house. The court heard that the package was intercepted at Portlaoise Mail Centre on September 30th, 2009, and sent to a laboratory for testing. A joint operation was launched between gardaí and Customs officers when results showed that the pills were diazepam. On January 1st, 2010, Garda Colin Brennan posed as a postman and delivered the package to Little’s home. She accepted the package, signing the name “Clare Murphy” instead of her own.

Gardaí found the drugs in her back garden.