A Bolivian man has been jailed for two years after he agreed to transport cocaine into Ireland to get money to rebuild his family home, writes Sonya McLean.
Ciro Beckerz (21), of no fixed abode, was stopped by gardai at Dublin Airport in June and later passed 66 pellets, 806g, of cocaine over a five-day stay in Beaumont Hospital.
He admitted during interview that he agreed to transport the drugs, worth €56,000, in return for $2,000.
His counsel, Fiona Pekaar, said Beckerz's father had left the family when he was a baby and he saw himself as head of the household.
The family had been living in a timber house and he felt the cash would help him to replace the timber with brick.
Beckerz pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully importing cocaine at Dublin Airport on June 20, 2012.