Woman carried 77 cocaine pellets inside her body

A WOMAN arrested at Dublin Airport over the weekend was discovered to be carrying a kilogram of cocaine inside her body.

The 36-year-old Italian was rushed to hospital where doctors found she was hiding 77 pellets of the drug internally. Her potentially lethal excess baggage was estimated by Revenue’s customs officers to be worth a street value of €70,000.

Officers detained the woman after spotting her acting suspiciously when she arrived off a flight from Amsterdam on Saturday. She was questioned about her movements, but quickly admitted she was carrying the drug and was brought to Beaumont Hospital in the city.

She was later released after medical treatment and was being held in custody for questioning last night.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was remanded in custody by a court after being charged in relation to the seizure last Friday of heroin valued at about €3.2 million.

Gardaí objected to bail being granted to Francis Hynes of Grangeclare, Kilmeage, Co Kildare, when he appeared at a special sitting of Navan District Court yesterday.

He is charged with the alleged possession of the drug at Dunleer Road, Collon, Co Louth, on December 14 and with the alleged possession for the purpose of selling or otherwise supplying it.

Detective garda Louise Brady of the Garda National Drugs Unit gave evidence of arresting, charging and cautioning Mr Hynes at Kells Garda Station on Saturday evening.

He made no reply to either charge and in court when asked by Judge John Brophy if he had anything to say he said, “No, just to say I am sorry.”

The garda objected to bail on the grounds that she alleged he was caught red-handed and there was a likelihood of further charges. Judge Brophy refused bail and remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

Another man, aged 43, was arrested in Northern Ireland and is due to appear before a court there this morning.

A 45-year-old man, who was also arrested last Friday as part of the same Garda operation, was released from custody last night. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Meanwhile, a man was arrested yesterday as part of the continuing operation on foot of a European arrest warrant issued by the Dutch authorities. He was being detained last night at Lucan Garda Station.

In a separate operation, a 55-year-old man was arrested in Cork in relation to the discovery of an estimated €50,000 worth of ecstasy tablets. The man, arrested in a field at Rathpeacon, Old Mallow Road, appeared at a special sitting of Cork District Court on Saturday.

He was remanded in custody and is to appear in court again tomorrow.

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