Smuggler hid cocaine filled Kinder Eggs inside her body on flight

A cocaine smuggler hid three Kinder Eggs filled with drugs inside her body on a flight from Liverpool to Jersey.

Kaylene Anne Carragher was stopped as she got off an easyJet flight from Liverpool to the Channel Island on March 5.

She claimed she was planning to stay on Jersey for two days.

The 31-year-old, from Kirkby, then told authorities that she had taken cocaine the night before her flight out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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She later admitted that she was attempting to smuggle £16,000 worth of the Class A drugs which she had hidden in three Kinder Eggs wrapped in condoms and had "concealed them internally."

Crown Advocate, Chris Baglin, prosecuting, told the court Carragher later admitted trying to smuggle in 82.4g of cocaine of just over 40% purity.

Unadulterated, the advocate told the court, the drugs were worth between £6,500 and £8,100.

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But, by "cutting it", it had a potential street value of anywhere between £13,000 and £16,200.

During the hearing, the court heard that Carragher had been willing to provide police with valuable information about her UK supplier and contact in Jersey.

Her willingness to have this information mentioned in court also saved Carragher from receiving a longer jail term and she was sentenced to four years behind bars.

The prosecution had been asking the court to send her to prison for six and a half years.=

Advocate James Bell, defending, told the court Carragher had no previous convictions and very much regretted what she had done.

Her actions, the advocate said, were prompted because she was vulnerable after her relationship broke up, and she had lost her job as a chef.

Presiding, the Bailiff Tim Le Cocq told Carragher the drugs trade "is founded upon fear, violence and intimidation" and that the court will "reward" those couriers who willing provide information to the authorities and are willing to have their actions mentioned in court, by giving them reduced sentences.

Mr Le Cocq said he hoped others would follow her example.

Passing sentence, the Bailiff told Carragher that prison was an opportunity for Carragher to ‘turn her life around’.

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