Woman freed after £2m heroin haul charges dropped
A woman from Dublin charged in connection with one of the biggest discoveries of heroin in Northern Ireland has walked free from court after no evidence was offered against her.
Sarah Greene (25), from Eaton Green, Rathcoole, in Co Dublin had denied being concerned in the supply of eight kilos of heroin with a potential street value of £2m.
The heroin was found in a lorry stopped by police officers on the Foyle Bridge in Derry on July 11, 2009.
At Londonderry Crown Court sitting Judge Desmond Marrinan directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty in favour of Ms Greene as the prosecution barrister was offering no evidence against her.
Two men charged in connection with the same heroin find are to be sentenced next month. Sean Doherty (42), from Cornshell Fields in Derry, has admitted possessing the heroin with intent to supply, while Anthony Morgan (29), also from Eaton Green in Rathcoole, has pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug.
At a previous court hearing an officer from the PSNI's drugs unit said that part of the police case was that the defendants had agreed to meet at a lay-by at Campsie on the outskirts of Derry.
“Because it was dark and secluded, Doherty was afraid to hand over the drugs there.
“Morgan got into his cab and they agreed to travel to a better light location to carry out the transaction.
“They travelled across the Foyle Bridge where they were apprehended by the police,” he said.
The officer said that when the lorry was stopped by uniformed officers under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Doherty indicated to the police officers that drugs were in the cab of his vehicle.
The court was told that the police also recovered a total of five mobile phones from the lorry and a van.
The court heard that, as part of the police investigations, the “mobile phone traffic” was being forensically examined.