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No leniency for drugs convict

A DUBLIN man has lost his appeal against the severity of a ten-year jail term handed down to him for his role in a multi-million euro drugs operation.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Vincent Concannon (40) of Fairlawn Park, Finglas, finding that the serious nature of the offence committed, outweighed any failure on behalf of the sentencing judge to make reference to the man's lack of previous convictions.

Concannon was jailed for ten years by the Dublin Circuit Court, after he pleaded guilty to the possession of €2m worth of cocaine for sale or supply at a house in Lucan May 13, 2004.

Dad 'threw baby into river'

A massive search for a baby, believed to have been thrown into a freezing river by her estranged father, will resume today.

The man, who snatched his daughter while the child's mother was obtaining a restraining order against him on Tuesday, told police he threw the baby off a bridge and into a New Jersey river.

Search teams, including boats, dogs and helicopters, scoured the area last night for any signs of three-month-old Zara Malani-lin Abdur.

The girl's father, 21-year-old Shamsiddi Abdur-Raheem, will appear in superior court today, charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault and child endangerment.