Woman charged with cocaine smuggling

A Dutch woman was charged today with attempting to smuggle cocaine with an estimated street value of £250,000 from Amsterdam to Northern Ireland.

This charge follows the seizure of nearly two kilos of the Class A drug at Belfast International Airport by Customs officers.

Twenty-year-old Mirelva Giacinta Martens appeared at Belfast Laganside Courts this morning charged with illegally importing prohibited substances. She was remanded in custody for a week.

A Customs spokesperson said: “The vigilance of Customs officers has stopped a significant amount of Class A drugs reaching the streets of Northern Ireland.

“In line with the government’s drug strategy, this shows our commitment to reducing the availability of illegal drugs.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 the maximum penalty for supply and possession is life imprisonment.

Customs have urged anyone who may have information in relation to drugs smuggling to contact them confidentially on free phone 0800 59 5000.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

09 September 2003
South African man charged with drug smuggling
A South African man has been charged with smuggling cannabis worth an estimated £112,000 into Belfast. The charge follows the seizure by Customs anti-smuggling officers of around 28 kilos of Herbal Cannabis at Belfast City Airport on Sunday.
18 June 2018
NIEA Reveal Top Items Being Fly Tipped Across Northern Ireland
Tyres, asbestos and construction rubble are among the top items of commercial trash being tipped across Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has revealed. The latest statistics from the NIEA revealed that items from house clearances such as white goods and furniture are also among the most frequently dumped items.
30 July 2009
Arrest Follows Latest Cigarette Haul
Several million illegally imported cigarettes were recovered in Belfast yesterday. On Wednesday morning officers uncovered six million mixed-brand cigarettes in a trailer containing peppers. About 3.
22 February 2011
Board Seeks Baggott Meeting Over McGurk's
The NI Policing Board is to discuss the PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott's overnight statement that "all lines of enquiry had now been exhausted" into the McGurk's Bar bomb atrocity in 1971.
17 December 2010
Many Arrests In Gardaí Drugs Raids
A total of 45 people have been arrested in the past 48 hours in Gardaí a crackdown on the sale and supply of heroin and 'crack' cocaine in the Dublin region. The operation, which involved Garda drug units from Kevin Street, Pearse Street and Store Street stations, resulted in 150 charges being brought, according to Gardaí this morning.
27 January 2005
Research reveals extent of drug use in NI
A new report into behavioural habits of injecting drug users in Northern Ireland has found that almost one in three people who use needles to inject drugs have been diagnosed with Hepatitus C.
19 November 2003
Customs seize over six million cigarettes in Co Armagh
Customs officers have uncovered over six million smuggled cigarettes in Co Armagh. The container-load was seized during an operation in Moy on Friday evening after the Dorchester brand cigarettes had been shipped from Malaysia.
18 June 2018
Online Voter Registration Now Live In Northern Ireland
Online voter registration is now available to people in Northern Ireland. Online registration has been available since 2014 in all other regions of the UK, but NI continued to require that paper forms be filled out and returned to an election office. But now, people not currently registered will be able to complete the process online.
26 February 2009
NI Drug Deaths Double
The number of drug related deaths registered each year has more than doubled over the last decade rising from 39 deaths in 1997 to 86 last year. The 86 fatalities were registered in Northern Ireland where the cause of death was drug related, either due to legal or illegal drugs.
31 March 2004
Customs tobacco seizure success
Customs officers have seized half a million cigarettes and 14 kilos of tobacco during a series of operations in Antrim and Londonderry and at Belfast's airports.
02 September 2003
Two men charged with cigarette smuggling
Two men have been remanded on bail after being charged in connection with the smuggling of six million cigarettes into Northern Ireland. Customs officer, James Sloan, 52, and businessman, Robert Ferguson, 44, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with evading duty on the cigarettes which were seized by customs last January.
21 August 2013
Peru Drug Suspects Charged
Two women currently detained in Peru on suspicion of drug smuggling have been officially charged. Michaela McCollum, from Dungannon in County Tyrone and Melissa Reid, from near Glasgow, have been told they face a maximum sentence of 15 years if convicted. The women have been accused of attempting to smuggle £1.
22 July 2004
Man appears in court following tobacco seizure
A Londonderry man has been charged with the fraudulent evasion of excise duty following the seizure of over 30,000 duty free cigarettes at Belfast International Airport (BIA) on Monday.
27 April 2015
Four Charged With Attempting To Smuggle Cannabis
Four men have been charged with attempting to smuggle cannabis into Northern Ireland. The cannabis resin was concealed within pallets of orange juice and is believed to have a street value of more than £800,000.
19 February 2018
Northern Ireland To Play Israel At Windsor Park
Northern Ireland are to play against Israel in a friendly international on Tuesday, 11 September. The match will take place at Windsor Park at 7.45pm. The game comes three days after Northern Ireland play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.