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Mum-of-three jailed for importing coke at Dublin Airport

Jade Seddon
Jade Seddon

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

Jade Seddon (25) had just over one kilo of cocaine in a 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 on March 30, 2017.

After her arrest the UK national admitted to gardaí that she had flown to Amsterdam to collect a package and she knew it contained cocaine. She said she was to meet a man in Dublin and would receive €3,000.

She said she did it because her home was being repossessed and she needed money for a rent deposit. She has been held in custody since her arrest.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said that his client a single mother of limited means. He said she had previously worked as a bingo caller and as a cleaner in a shopping centre.

As a result of her time in custody she was now aware of the effects of drugs on people, Mr Rea said. He told the court she wasn't the prime mover in the drug operation.

Judge Martin Nolan said she 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 drugs was a serious offence. He jailed Seddon for two years, with the sentence backdated to last March.

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