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Drugs courier admits charge.

A north East drugs courier is facing jail after being caught trying to smuggle pounds 130,000 of cannabis.

Unemployed Stacey Adams, of The Noll, Millfield, Sunderland, was caught in an X-ray security check at the Stena ferry port, in Stranraer, as he attempted to board a Belfast ferry with herbal cannabis in his rucksack.

When officers asked what he was carrying, he said: "The rucksack's full of weed and I'll tell you everything when I speak to my solicitor."

Advocate Depute Hugh Irwin, prosecuting at the High Court, in Kilmarnock, said Adams arrived as a foot passenger at Stranraer shortly after 7pm last April.

Adams, who had earlier been to Amsterdam, was asked to put his rucksack through the X-ray machine.

He tried to flee, but was pulled back and interviewed by police.

Adams, who has no previous record, was due to take the drugs to an unnamed person in Belfast where he would receive pounds 2,000 on delivery.

He pleaded guilty. Sentencing was adjourned.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2004
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