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Man jailed over cocaine stash

A South American man who sold everything he owned in order to bring cocaine to Ireland and make money for his family has been jailed for three and a half years.

Gordon Plass (41) was stopped at Dublin Airport and found to have swallowed 55 pellets of cocaine.

The combined weight of 556g of cocaine had a market value at the time of e38,920.

Plass, of no fixed abode here, pleaded guilty to importing cocaine at Dublin Airport on February 2, 2012.

Judge Martin Nolan backdated a sentence of three and a half years to February.



Wires found



on NY plane

New York officials have found suspicious wires in a toilet on board a flight that was returned to Kennedy International airport, but no explosive device was found.

Officials are questioning a male and female passenger about them.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said Delta Flight 126 bound for Madrid was returned to the gate and evacuated after a report of a suspicious device aboard.



Rapper jailed



for tax evasion

Rapper Beanie Sigel has been sentenced in Philadelphia to two years in prison for failing to file federal income tax returns.

The 38-year-old, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty in August.

Prosecutors say Sigel owes more than $700,000 (e573,611) for the tax years between 1999 and 2005.

Sigel also has served time on drug and weapons charges and for prescription drug use while on federal probation.



Wishaw to be



Q in 007 film

BEN WISHAW has gone to the head of the Q in the new Bond film after movie bosses confirmed he will play 007's gadget guru in Skyfall.

The actor is much younger than previous stars who played the man whose job it is to keep Bond equipped with the latest ingenious technology.

John Cleese played the part in recent films after taking over from Desmond Llewelyn who starred in 17 films.

Wishaw joins a cast including Daniel Craig, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench.