Published 11/12/2012 | 12:40
A BOLIVIAN mother of two who transported cocaine valued at over €50,000 internally in an effort to get money to support her children has been jailed for two and a half years.
Maria Ester Coupi Antelo (25) of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on June 10, 2012. She has been in custody since her arrest and has no previous convictions. Judge Martin Nolan noted Antelo had carried the drugs for monetary reward due to her straightened circumstances and that her two children were in need of her affection and care. He said that it was a serious offence bringing that quantity of drugs into the country and imposed a two a half year sentence. Garda James Dunne told Garnet Orange BL, prosecuting, that Antelo was stopped at the airport after travelling from San Paulo and arrested after giving a urine sample. She later passed 91 pellets containing three quarters of a kilo of cocaine valued at €52,814. Luigi Rea BL, defending, said Antelo had no support from the father of her children and had been forced to give up work to care for them. He said she succumbed to temptation when offered money to transport the drugs. He said she had been in great pain due to the bulk of the items inside her and had received a pain killing injection when brought to hospital here to pass the pellets. Mr Rea said it was her earnest wish to return home to her two children who are being cared for by her mother and aunt. He said she gave full co-operation and sought the earliest possible sentence date.