Tuesday 28 March 2017

Airport woman 'swallowed 100 cocaine pellets'

The woman has been in custody since being stopped and arrested by gardaí on Tuesday. Photo: Getty
The woman has been in custody since being stopped and arrested by gardaí on Tuesday. Photo: Getty

Brian Hutton

A woman arrested at Dublin airport was suspected of swallowing more than 1.7kg of cocaine in 100 pellets.

Revenue officials said the 44-year-old, from Guyana in South America, was stopped as part of an "intelligence-led" operation involving the gardaí.

She is suspected of having swallowed 100 pellets of cocaine found in her system - around 1.7kg of the drug.

It is believed the drugs would have a street value in Ireland of almost €120,000.

The woman has been in custody since being stopped and arrested by gardaí on Tuesday.

She is being questioned at Ballymun Garda station under section two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, according to a Revenue spokeswoman. "Investigations are continuing," she added.

Last year, a man died en route to Dublin when some of 80 pellets of cocaine he had swallowed burst inside him.

John Kennedy Santos Gurjao (24) died one hour into an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon.

Irish Independent

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