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Woman charged over €740k drugs seizure at airport thought she was transporting handbags, court told

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It was alleged the accused had two suitcases and there was a 'deliberate attempt to conceal 37kg of cannabis'

A London woman arrested at Dublin Airport over a €740,000 cannabis seizure after a flight from the US thought she was transporting handbags, a court has heard.

Mother of one Yejieda Johnson, aged 26, who has no fixed address in Ireland, was arrested at Dublin Airport at the weekend and charged with unlawful importation and possession of drugs and having them for sale or supply.

Garda Tom McLoughlin objected to bail when the accused appeared at Dublin District Court. He alleged the accused had two suitcases and there was a “deliberate attempt to conceal 37kg of cannabis”.

The court heard she flew from New York’s JFK Airport and was due to get a connecting flight to London on Saturday.

'Flight risk'

Garda McLoughlin believed Ms Johnson was a clear and “immediate flight risk”. In cross-examination, the garda said that the accused said she thought she was transporting handbags and “never touched” the cannabis.

The officer agreed with defence counsel Karl Monaghan that the case would likely go forward to the circuit court.

The barrister submitted that his client could wait two years until her trial. The court heard she lived all her life in London and previously worked in a hotel spa and a coffee shop.

The woman pleaded for bail and said, “I am innocent”. She told the court she lived with family members and would return to Ireland to prove her innocence.

Judge Treasa Kelly set bail in her bond of €1,000 and required a €10,000 independent surety, which has yet to be approved. Gardaí must also confirm the accused’s London address, and she must provide a contact phone number on release.

Ms Johnson was remanded in custody to appear again on September 11.


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