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Man arrested at Dublin Airport after ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine

Revenue said separate discoveries of drugs and cigarettes this week would have been worth about €65,000.

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THREE MEN WERE arrested over the week as Revenue Custom’s Service carried out operations at Dublin Airport.

Quantities of cocaine, cigarettes and tobacco were seized.

On Tuesday, a 37-year-old South African man was stopped as he arrived on a flight from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil because officers suspected he had ingested drugs.

He was handed over to the Garda Drug unit from Ballymun and was subsequently found to have ingested 77 pellets of cocaine. Each weighted about 80 grams and the total value is thought to be about €56,000. He appeared in court yesterday.

On Wednesday, two men were arrested off a flight from Tenerife.

A 43-year-old man from Derry was found to have 8.75kgs of Austin-brand roll-your-own tobacco and 1,600 CK brand cigarettes concealed in his luggage. They had a retail value of €4,149 which would cost the Exchequer a possible €3,385.

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From the same flight, a Lithuanian man was arrested after officers found 4,420 Winston and Respect brand cigarettes and 4kgs of Turner brand roll-your-own tobacco in his baggage. The products have a retail value of €3,597 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €2,872.

They both appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara in the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday morning, and were remanded in custody to appear again next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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