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'Tummy tuck' cash is seized

A WOMAN had €20,000 confiscated and forfeited to the State, which she claimed she had saved to pay for a tummy tuck in Spain.

Gemma Roe (22) of Canon Lillis Avenue, Seville Place, Dublin 1, was stopped by customs officers as she was boarding a flight to Malaga in Dublin Airport on April 11, 2008, after a sniffer dog detected something suspicious in her handbag.

Judge Desmond Hogan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court said he was satisfied the cash found on Roe had been earned through criminal activity and ordered that it be confiscated. Roe was not in court and did not contest the application.

Dad jailed over cocaine haul

A father-of-two was jailed for seven years, with the last four suspended, for possessing nearly €60,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis in his home.

Jobless Paul Parkinson (34) of Deerpark Square, Tallaght, admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the drugs for sale or supply at his home on August 28, 2008.

The cocaine addict said he got involved in drug dealing as he had run into debt due to an inability to find work as a result of a back injury.

Teen bailed on drug charges

A YOUTH, who was charged after €600 worth of cannabis and drugs paraphernalia was allegedly found in his bedroom, has been granted bail.

The 17-year-old boy was charged at the Children's Court yesterday with having the cannabis for sale or supply at his south Dublin home on a date last September.

He was remanded on bail to appear again on May 12 when a plea is to be entered.

€12k cigs stash of airport mum

A MONGOLIAN mature student has escaped deportation and has received a two-year suspended sentence for smuggling €12,400 of cigarettes into Ireland.

Mother-of-one Batchullun Pureevjal (33) of College Gate, Townsend Street, Dublin 2, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, to possessing 39,000 cigarettes in her luggage, with intent to defraud the State, at Dublin Airport on December 27, 2006.