A PORTUGUESE student who was caught smuggling liquid cocaine through Dublin Airport has been sentenced to five years in prison with three of them suspended.
Tiago Liveramento (22), with an address in Lisbon, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing €10,166 worth of drugs for sale or supply on April 4 last year.
The court heard he had ingested two capsules of cocaine, while the remainder was concealed in condoms inside shampoo bottles.
Judge Patricia Ryan said it had been a "risky enterprise" for Liveramento's health, as the cocaine he swallowed was contained in a single layer of packaging.
Gda Liam Mangan told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that if the drugs had stayed in his system any longer the capsules would have burst.
Gda Mangan said Liveramento was caught coming through customs and initially told officers he was visiting his grandmother in Ireland. He had arrived on a flight from Buenos Aires via Paris.
He was arrested and later told gardai he had been given the drugs by an Irishman in Argentina.
Liveramento was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he passed two capsules containing liquid cocaine.
Leonora Smyth BL, defending, said her client had no previous convictions either in Ireland or Portugal and has already been in custody since last April.
She said he was a vulnerable and "remarkably immature" person who had been exploited by the drugs trade.
Judge Ryan sentenced Liveramento to five years in prison with the final three suspended, and told him to leave Ireland on his release and not return for 10 years.