By Brion Hoban
A Brazilian man caught hiding over €80,000 of cocaine in his underwear has been jailed for three years.
Ricardo Da Silva (28) was “lured” into accepting an offer for a job that did not exist and then told he had to clear a debt by importing drugs into Europe.
He was instructed to ingest the drugs, but instead taped 120 pellets of cocaine to his underwear, Dublin Circuit Court heard.
Da Silva of Teresina Piazia, Brazil, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Terminal 1, Dublin Airport, on September 20, 2020. He has no previous convictions.
The court heard that his co-accused Raynessa De Sousa (27) was sentenced to two years imprisonment in February 2021 for possession of cocaine for sale or supply on the same date. De Sousa had ingested 88 pellets of cocaine with a total value of €55,447.
Da Silva was stopped after a tip off from Portuguese authorities. During a search, Da Silva took off the clothing on his top half, but refused to take off the clothing on his bottom half. On arrest he admitted having 120 pellets concealed in his underwear with a total value of €83,349.