Published Monday, 19 August 2013
The woman is due to appear at Londonderry's Magistrates Court on Monday. (© UTV)
Sarah Gates, 25 and from Meadowlands in Downpatrick, appeared before the magistrates' court in Londonderry charged with possessing LSD, ecstasy, diazepam and cannabis.
She also faced further charges of possessing LSD, ecstasy and diazepam with intent to supply, and supplying ecstasy.
A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that the defendant came to the attention of security staff at the festival because of her suspicious behaviour.
He said that staff stopped her and she handed a small quantity of drugs over to them.
The court heard that the police were then called and, following a search of her belongings, found 200 ecstasy tablets, 200 doses of LSD, 150 diazepam tablets, and four grams of herbal cannabis.
She got involved in supplying drugs to pay off a motoring fine. This was an extremely foolish and amateurish operation and hopefully her drugs dealing days have been nipped in the bud.
The officer said that, during questioning, Gates admitted bringing the drugs to the festival with the intention of supplying them.
"She said she started dealing in drugs in Belfast last February to pay off a £200 fine which had been imposed on her for driving without insurance," he told the court.
"She said because of the fine, she got into debt and she made the conscious decision to start drugs dealing."
Applying for bail, the accused's defence solicitor said it was "a somewhat unusual case". He added that his client had no previous convictions for similar offences.
Gates was released on her own bail of £1,000 to appear before Limavady Magistrates' Court in October.
As well as being banned from music festivals, her bail conditions also forbid her from possessing any non-prescribed drugs. She must be electronically tagged and adhere to a 9pm-8am curfew.
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