A Brazilian man based in DUBLIN and a Sao Paolo woman have been detained after airport customs officers intercepted a case with cocaine worth 740,000 euros.
Dublin The district court ruled that the drug was partly in liquid form, in a shampoo bottle.
Gardai arrested Jefferson Pedrucci, 32, of Carrigmore Glen, Saggart, Dublin, and Pamela Da Silva, 28, of no fixed address, after their flight landed at Dublin airport on Thursday night.
They appeared before judge Dermot Simms on Saturday.
They were charged with illegally possessing and importing cocaine and selling or supplying cocaine.
Ms. Da Silva was charged with carrying fake immigration documents.
‘THE MEDICINE NEVER HAPPENED’
The defendants listened to developments with the assistance of an interpreter.
Garda Peter Morrison told Judge Simms that Ms. Da Silva responded several times when charged at Ballymun station.
The court heard her tell Garda Morrison: “Those drugs are not mine”.
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Another answer was: “No, because the drugs are not mine, I don’t know anything about them. The only thing I did was become an escort in Brazil; If I wanted to, I would act as an escort here, but that is not my intention.”
Responding to allegations of forgery, she said: “They provided me with fake documents to show the immigration officer. I only realized they were fake when I got off the airport, I never intended to present fake documents.”
She has been given legal aid, and her attorney John O’Doherty told Judge Simms that there is no bail application at this stage.
Judge Simms sent her into custody to reappear on Friday.
FEEL THE RISK FLYING
Garda Ross Brierley told the court that her co-accuser, Mr. Pedrucci, did not respond to the allegations.
Garda Brierley objected to bail due to concerns about the risks of flying and added that Mr Pedrucci could face up to 14 years in prison.
Judge Simms refused to release Mr. Pedrucci on bail. He was taken into custody to reappear on Friday.
Directions from DPP are required.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8247162/pair-remanded-custody-cocaine-found-dublin-airport-courts/ Man and woman detained after €740k worth of cocaine was found in shampoo bottles at Dublin airport