Foreign national jailed for smuggling cannabis

A man who “risked his life” to get money for his sick mother by smuggling cannabis resin hidden inside his body has been jailed for 18 months.

Garda Tanya Shinkins said that Spanish national Gerardo Martinez Rodriguez (34) had swallowed 107 pellets of cannabis resin over a number of days before travelling to Ireland. Gardaí escorted him to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin shortly after arrest for fear the drugs would rupture his insides.

Rodriguez, of Abda Alyeaguara in southern Spain, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing and importing 1029.9g of cannabis resin worth €6,179 at Dublin Airport Terminal 2 on July 24, 2015. He has no previous convictions.

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