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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Driver's €585k drugs in duvets

A MAN who drove a truck into Ireland carrying duvets stuffed with blocks of cocaine has been jailed for four years.

English national Imran Ramzan (34) was one of five men arrested by the Garda National Drugs Unit when they stopped a €585,000 drugs deal taking place in 2006.

He was the driver of a truck used to deliver nine blocks of cocaine to drug dealers waiting at Station Road, Lusk.

Detective Garda Gregory Sheehan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he saw one of the men handing a plastic bag containing €85,000 in cash into the truck.

He said he saw Ramzan and the passenger of the truck tearing up a plastic bag which contained quilts that had brown packages taped to them. These packages were later found to contain 8.35kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of €585,000.



'No memory of coach crash'

The driver of a coach carrying schoolchildren home from a ski trip which crashed in northern France killing a teacher has "no recollection" of the accident, prosecutors have revealed.

Derek Thompson (47) is being investigated for involuntary homicide and involuntary wounding after the bus he was driving flipped over and plunged to the bottom of a motorway.

Teacher Peter Rippington (59) died and his wife Sharon and daughter Amy were also injured in the crash near Rheims, which involved 29 pupils from Alvechurch Middle School in Alvechurch, Worcestershire.



Bendtner set for sentencing

Premier League footballer Nicklas Bendtner will appear in court today to be sentenced for speeding.

The Danish international was caught doing 103mph on a 70mph dual carriageway. The player, on loan at Sunderland from Arsenal, was stopped in his Porsche near Newcastle Airport



Rebels in offer of peace talks

Colombia's second largest leftist rebel group is offering to halt offensive actions if the government agrees to peace talks.

The offer from the National Liberation Army comes in a communique by former Senator Piedad Cordoba.

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