A DRUG mule has been allowed to return to Spain for a vital operation.
Alfredo Farina, who lived in Malaga, was caught with more than €60,000 worth of cannabis in a suitcase at Edinburgh Airport in January.
He pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to being in possession of the drug on January 29.
His lawyer Iain Smith said he was a musician and had lived in Malaga for ten years.
But he added that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and possible prostate cancer.
An operation was arranged in Malaga on May 5 and his lawyer requested he be allowed to return to temporarily return to Spain.
Sheriff Crowe deferred sentence until August 20 and detained him for deportation.
Farina has been warned that if he does not return, an arrest warrant will be issued.