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Thursday 17 January 2019

Cocaine 'mule' gets four years

A SOUTH African who smuggled over €185,000 of cocaine into Dublin via Brazil and Portugal has been jailed for four and a half years.

Georgios Konstantinou (52) was described as "the classic drugs mule" by his defence counsel.

Konstantinou of Geritz Maritz Avenue, Brakdan in Johannesburg, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of 2.65kg of cocaine worth €185,880 at Dublin Airport on May 7 last year.



Bodies found in plane wreck

Rescuers have recovered eight bodies after a plane carrying nine people crashed in a nature reserve in South Africa.

Debris from the plane, which had been missing for 14 hours, was discovered early this morning. No survivors had been found.

The single-engine aircraft was a company plane owned by Italtile Ltd.

There was heavy fog in the area, but the cause of the crash, 320 miles east of Cape Town, is still under investigation. The plane was flying between two small airports.

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