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White powder in luggage of arrested woman wasn't drugs, it was baking soda

The woman was on board the Aer Lingus flight on which a man died.

Image: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

BAGS OF WHITE powder found in the luggage of a woman in her forties arrested at Cork Airport on Sunday night were not, as suspected, a narcotic substance.

It’s been confirmed following analysis that the packages were simply a form of baking soda, as the woman had claimed.

The woman was on board an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin on which a man died after becoming agitated.

The flight was diverted to Cork Airport after the pilot declared a medical emergency.

The Brazilian national was attended by a doctor and nurse who were on the flight but was pronounced dead at the airport on Sunday evening.

A number of packages found in his body in a post-mortem, conducted on Monday, have been sent for analysis.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed the woman, who was arrested after gardaí interviewed passengers and crew at the airport, was released from Togher Garda Station last night.

She was arrested after 1.8kg of a powdery substance was found in her luggage.

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It’s understood gardaí believe there is a link between the two passengers.

The investigation is continuing.

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