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Northern Ireland mum taken to hospital after swallowing anxiety drug in police cell, court is told

By George Jackson

A mother-of-three had to be taken to hospital by police after swallowing an amount of the drug Xanax in a cell at a PSNI station, a court has heard.

Ursula Louise Logue appeared before a special sitting of Londonderry Magistrates' Court yesterday.

An officer told District Judge Peter King that Logue, from Cecilia's Walk in the Creggan area of the city, was initially approached and questioned by police about an alleged theft in the city at the weekend.

Police searched her and in her clothes they found 450 Xanax bars, the officer said. Following her arrest, the defendant was again searched at Strand Road police station and inside her underwear and secreted inside her body the police found up to 1,000 more Xanax bars.

The police witness told the court the defendant made full admissions to possessing the drug and named the drug dealer who had given her the anxiety relief tablets to keep for him.

The officer said the dealer told the defendant she could consume some of the bars in return for keeping the rest for him.

The officer said the defendant's mobile phone was checked by police but nothing was found on it in relation to potential drugs offences. A second mobile phone given to her by the dealer had yet to be examined.

The officer said the defendant told him that she would normally consume 10 Xanax bars each day and he said the city was now awash with the drug.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said the dealer named by the defendant was a member of a small group of local dealers.

He said the defendant was addicted to Xanax, but had no previous drugs convictions.

Her three children lived with her mother and as a result of her weekend in custody she had missed the birthday party for one of the children, for whom she had bought a birthday present.

The District Judge released the defendant on her own bail of £500 to appear in court again on January 25.

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