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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Accused 'met gardai in plot to buy drugs'

A MAN has gone on trial accused of soliciting two undercover gardai to travel to Brazil to collect cocaine and bring it back to Ireland.

Sunny Idah (39), with an address at Lipton Court, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of soliciting another person to unlawfully import cocaine on dates between September 14 and 19, 2010.

In a brief opening address on the first day of the trial, Patrick McGrath SC, prosecuting, said the jury would hear evidence that two undercover gardai posed as Polish drug mules and made contact with the accused.

He said that after making telephone contact with a man, who the prosecution say was the accused, the gardai met him at various locations including the Regency Hotel in Dublin and at a McDonald's fast food outlet.

ingesting

It is alleged that Mr Idah arranged for the undercover officers to travel to Brazil to pick up the drugs and import them back to Ireland.

Counsel said the accused allegedly spoke to the undercover officers about ingesting the drugs into their bodies in plastic bags and bringing it into Ireland that way.

Mr McGrath said the officers were authorised to go undercover and had clear instructions as to what they could and could not do. "They cannot entrap people," he said.

The trial continues before Judge Catherine Murphy and a jury. It is due to last 10 days.

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