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Man swallows 1kg cannabis in failed smuggling bid

Man swallows 1kg cannabis in failed smuggling bid

IRELAND: A 40-year-old man who swallowed more than 1kg of cannabis resin in a bid to smuggle it into Ireland has been jailed for a year by a judge who said there must be a deterrent for people trying to smuggle drugs into Ireland.

Unai Arresse Aguirregabica, a Spanish national, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to importing €6,600 worth of cannabis resin at Cork Airport.

Det Garda Robert Kennedy told the court that Aguirregabica had disembarked from a flight from Malaga and was making his way through Customs when a Customs sniffer dog, Max gave a positive indication that he was carrying drugs.

Aguirregabica was questioned by Customs officers and he admitted that he had ingested cannabis resin and he was arrested by gardai who took him to Cork University Hospital where he spent several days emitting 157 pellets of cannabis resin.