A Chicago woman arrested for importing cocaine into Cork in a beehive hairdo was brought before Cork District Court today.
Tonnette Andu of 3125 West Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, was remanded in custody to appear in court again tomorrow.
She faces five drugs charges, two brought by the Customs and Excise Authority and three by An Garda Siochana.
Andu, a small slightly built woman of 20, wore black jeans, flip-flop sandals and a striped blouse when she appeared in court. Her hair was cut short.
It is alleged that she had €62,000 worth of cocaine weighing 888 grammes in a beehive hairdo at Cork Airport on yesterday when she stepped off a flight from Amsterdam having travelled from Lagos, Nigeria.
She was represented in court by solicitor, Eddie Burke, who said that he had been in contact with her family in Chicago and would reserve his position in relation to any application for bail.
Customs and Excise officer, Patrick O’Sullivan charged her with importing cocaine into the Irish state, contrary to Customs and Excise legislation.
She made no reply to that charge. Mr O’Sullivan then charged her with being knowingly concerned in dealing cocaine.
To that charge, she replied: “May God forgive me my sins. May he set me free for I do not know what I do.”
Garda Kieran Sheahan charged her with being in possession of the cocaine, having it for sale or supply, and having a quantity of drugs with a street value greater than €13,000, the latter charge having a mandatory minimum jail sentence of ten years and up to life imprisonment.
Inspector Charles Barry said the Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment and applied to have her remanded in custody.
Judge Con O’Leary remanded her in custody to appear in Cork District Court again tomorrow.