British woman who arrived into country on business class flight charged with bringing €2million worth of heroin through Dublin Airport

A UK businesswoman has been refused bail after she was accused of bringing just over €2m worth of heroin through Dublin Airport.

Mother-of-three Samina Saffad, 50, of Priestfield Avenue, Middlesbrough, England, was arrested on Friday.

Gardai stopped her at Dublin Airport after she arrived on a business class flight from Lahore, Pakistan.

Following an examination of her luggage by customs, 15kgs of heroin with an estimated street value of €2.1million was seized.

She and a man in his thirties were arrested by gardai and then detained at Ballymun Garda Station under the provisions of Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

The man was released but Ms Saffad was brought to appear before Judge Dermot Simms at Dublin District Court on Monday.