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Stolen bicycles haul of ¤20k

Two Louth brothers caught trying to sell €20,000 worth of stolen bicycles have avoided a jail sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Constantin (34) and Paul Sava (30), both of Bryanstown Manor, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to handling stolen property in Ballyfermot on August 24, 2010.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Constantin to two years suspended and Paul to five years suspended after noting both have clean criminal records and were not the ringleaders.

Drug tunnels

man charged

A man identified by prosecutors as an operative for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel has been charged with building two cross-border tunnels to transport drugs.

Jose Sanchez Villalobos (49) is accused of building, financing and overseeing two cross-border tunnels from Tijuana to San Diego.

He is charged with nine counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, each carrying a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Rapper fined

in casino brawl

Rapper Jim Jones has pleaded guilty to interfering with police in connection with a brawl at a casino.

Jones appeared in New London Superior Court and paid a $1,000 (e772) fine to resolve the criminal case.

Jones was charged with breach of peace, interfering with police and inciting to riot after the fight in the foyer of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs.

UN to reduce

troops in Haiti

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recommendation to reduce the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti and concentrate on strengthening the national police has received unanimous support from the UN Security Council.

Mr Ban recommended that the council reduce the mission's military strength from 7,340 troops to 6,270 by June 2013.

Mariano Fernandez Amunategui, the UN envoy to Haiti, said political violence has disappeared and the security situation is stable.