Ex-model caught with cocaine hidden in bra

A former model was caught with more than €4,000 worth of cocaine hidden in her bra after gardaí was warned of suspicious activity at an estate in west Dublin, a court heard.

Essica Kennedy, 26, was hanging out with a bad audience at the time of the incident, her attorney said.

Judge Gerard Jones ordered a probation report and postponed sentencing to a December date.

The defendant, of St Mary’s Terrace, Dunboyne, Co Meath, admitted to possessing cocaine and selling or supplying the drug.

The incident took place in Charnwood Grove, Blanchardstown on May 28, 2021.

Sergeant Walter Sweeney told the Blanchardstown court that Gardaí searched a number of people in Charnwood Grove after reports of suspicious activity in the area.

Sergeant Sweeney said Kennedy was searched under the Drug Abuse Act and was found with a bag of cocaine hidden in her bra.

Sgt Sweeney said the cocaine was later analyzed by Forensic Science Ireland. It was 60 grams and had a street value of €4,200.

Kennedy was arrested and taken to Finglas Garda station, where she was later interviewed. She said the cocaine was for her own personal use.

The court learned that the accused had never been in trouble before.

Defense attorney Damien Coffey said Kennedy was associating with a group of people known to An Garda Síochána at the time of the incident.

Kennedy was the only person there with no previous convictions, Coffey said.

The court heard that Kennedy was originally from Tallaght and had worked as a model for four years. She was currently unemployed and on social assistance.

Coffey also said Kennedy no longer hung out with the same people.

The judge said he needed a probation report before closing the case.

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