A judge has told a single mother-of-three he was left with no choice but to jail her for smuggling cocaine into Dublin Airport earlier this year.
Jade Seddon from Oldham in Manchester was handed a two year prison sentence after being caught with over a kilo of the drug.
The 25-year-old traveled from Brussels to Dublin on March 29th and while making her way through Terminal 1, she was seen to be acting suspiciously and was asked to put her luggage through an X-Ray machine.
Authorities then decided to search her bag. She told a customs officer her boyfriend packed it and she claimed she didn't know what was inside.
A package wrapped in silver/grey tape was found inside. It contained just over a kilo of cocaine – with a street value of €70,000.
The court heard she’d flown to Amsterdam from Manchester where she picked the drugs up before travelling to Brussels and onto Dublin. She said she was offered €3,000 and needed the money because she her home was being repossessed.
Before jailing her for two years, Judge Martin Nolan accepted her circumstances as genuine but said the court had to do what it could to deter this type of behaviour.