A native of Cork, Ireland, Mr. O’Cochlain claimed he had Old Holborn cigarettes in his possession, which are hand-rolled tobacco unfamiliar to airport security men. He was searched three times, and eventually brought to the police station for further questioning.
The detained nurse’s theory is that at the station, his cigarettes were replaced with real marijuana joints, that led to the drug charge.
Mr. O’Cochlain insists that the banned drug was planted on him by corrupt officials, who he claims have been asking for ‘corrupt money’ in exchange for dropping the charges.
“I was told if I don’t pay up I will be found guilty. They were threatening to give me 25 years if I did not pay them around €7,000 to 10,000 ,” he was quoted as saying, according to The Independent.