Sunday 22 July 2018

Jail for drug mules who swallowed over 90 cocaine pellets

The drug smugglers were given two-year sentences Stock photo:
The drug smugglers were given two-year sentences Stock photo:

Gordon Deegan

Two hapless middle-aged drug mules who spent six days in hospital expelling over 90 swallowed pellets of cocaine smuggled in from Spain have been each jailed for two years.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys said that Thomas Tully (44) of Star Court, John Carew Park, Limerick and John Byrne (43) of Clare Street, Limerick were "extremely foolish" to smuggle the drugs into Shannon on April 21, 2014.

Before imposing the four-year jail terms, suspending the final two years in each case, Judge Keys said: "Both of you for little or no reward risked your lives. You are extremely foolish and reckless. Your financial standing made both of you vulnerable to be approached by drug lords to carry out this operation."

The two were detected by Customs drugs dog Ollie at Shannon Airport after they disembarked from a flight from Spain. Tully had swallowed 54 pellets of cocaine with a street value of €17,150, while Byrne had swallowed 40 pellets with a street value of €11,645.

The two were arrested and brought to University Hospital Limerick, where they spent six days expelling the pellets.

Irish Independent

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