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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Jail for mum caught with €70k cocaine in suitcase

Jade Seddon pleaded guilty to importing €70k of cocaine
Jade Seddon pleaded guilty to importing €70k of cocaine

A mother-of-three has been jailed after she admitted importing €70,000 of cocaine into Dublin Airport.

Jade Seddon (25) had just over 1kg of cocaine in her suitcase when she flew in from Brussels.

Seddon, of Lees Road, Oldham, Manchester, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to importation of the drugs at Dublin Airport last March 30.

After her arrest, the British national admitted she had flown to Amsterdam to collect a package and she knew that it contained cocaine.

She said she was to meet a man in Dublin and would receive €3,000.

Seddon said her home was being repossessed and she needed money for a rent dep- osit.

She has been held in custody since her arrest.

Bingo

Luigi Rea, defending, said his client was a single mother of limited means.

He said she had previously worked as a bingo caller and as a cleaner in a shopping centre.

Mr Rea told the court she was not the prime mover in the drug operation.

Judge Martin Nolan said Seddon was a transporter of the drugs and did it because she thought it was the only way she could make the money she needed.

He said importation of this type of drug was a serious offence and jailed Seddon for two years, with the sentence backdated to last March.

He said he was taking into consideration the fact that she has no family here and that this would make prison more difficult for her.

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