Thursday 18 January 2018

Man jailed for 10 years for trying to smuggle cocaine in stomach

Conor Gallagher

A LATVIAN has been jailed for ten years for trying to smuggle cocaine through Dublin Airport in his stomach.

Armands Pavars (32) of no fixed abode pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to importing cocaine for sale or supply at the airport on March 28, 2011.

Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, told the court that Pavars was stopped coming through Dublin Airport by customs officials.

A urine test proved positive for cocaine and he admitted to having swallowed about 70 pellets of cocaine.

Detective Garda Garvan Lennon said Pavars passed 40 pellets at Ballymun Garda Station and more later that evening at Beaumont Hospital amounting to a total of 64 pellets.

Det Gda Lennon said that the 755.52 grams of cocaine had been valued at €52,886.

He said Pavars had been promised €4,000 to bring the cocaine to Ireland.

Pavars has no previous convictions in Ireland or in Latvia.

The garda agreed with Colman Fitzgerald SC, defending, that it was possible Pavars had been under threat at the time.

Referring to Pavars as “a time bomb due to all of these pellets” Mr Fitzgerald asked for the court’s leniency in sentencing.

Judge Patricia Ryan noted the offence was out of character for Pavars and that he has no previous convictions. She imposed a ten year sentence but suspended the final three on strict conditions.

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