Irishman gets 5 years for 4 tons of drugs

A Piraeus court sentenced an Irish man to five years’ imprisonment yesterday in connection to the attempted smuggling of 4 tons of cannabis into Greece in 1997. The court convicted Tommy Savage, aged 55, on charges of criminal involvement in the attempt to smuggle the cannabis into Greece from the Netherlands, where he had been living for the last 16 years. He was extradited to Greece in September last year. Police sources said that Savage is believed to be the mastermind of the 1997 operation but could only be tried as an accomplice due to lack of evidence. Savage, who has been convicted of armed robbery in the Republic of Ireland, had alleged links to the Irish National Liberation Army, or INLA, a hardline paramilitary Republican movement. Savage said he would appeal the verdict.