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Man 'tried to smuggle diazepam into prison'

By ALAN ERWIN

A man being taken into prison planned to smuggle tranqullisers into jail internally, the High Court heard.

Rafael Kontras' bid to take diazepam into Maghaberry was foiled because the tablets were too big to hide, it is alleged.

The 25-year-old, of no fixed address in the Armagh area, faces charges of possessing class C drugs and breaching a restraining order.

During a failed bail application a prosecution lawyer said he was arrested after going to the home of his ex-partner on May 31.

Fiona O'Kane said the woman has a three-year court order restraining Kontras from contacting her.

Kontras was later arrested and the diazepam discovered in his possession while in custody, according to the prosecution.

Mrs O'Kane told the court: "He said he intended to hide the drugs internally and smuggle them into Maghaberry Prison, but had been unable to secrete them due to their size."

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