Pregnant woman remanded after Cork cocaine haul

A pregnant Venezuelan woman was remanded in custody for a fortnight today on charges related to the seizure of €210,000 worth of cocaine at Cork Airport last Friday.

Leyra Navas Corrales from Valencia in Venezuela was charged with possessing cocaine, possessing cocaine for sale or supply and possessing more than €13,000 euro worth of cocaine for sale or supply following the seizure of three kilos of the drug by gardai and customs officers in a

joint operation.

Defence solicitor Donal Daly said that Navas Corrales was seven and a half months pregnant and had been seen by both a GP and a cardiologist while in custody.

He asked that the prison authorities be directed to provide all appropriate medical attention to her while in custody at Limerick Prison.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc directed his registrar to write a letter to the prison governor asking that whatever medical attention was required would be made available to the defendant.

A Spanish interpreter was sworn in at Cork District Court yesterday to translate the proceedings for the accused woman.

Det garda Michael O'Halloran of the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad previously gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told the court that Corrales made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to her after caution.

While the prosecution sought a remand of the accused in custody, Mr Daly said that his client was not making an application for bail.

€13,000 is the threshold figure for the mandatory sentencing of up to life imprisonment or a minimum of 10 years on conviction, unless a judge finds there are exceptional circumstances that enable him to depart from the mandatory provisions.

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