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Cosmetologist remanded for smuggling drugs in body cavity

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 06, 2014    

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A Clarendon-based cosmetologist who tried to smuggle 2.4 pounds of cocaine to the United States in her body cavity and strapped to her thighs, is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Keneisha Bent, a 22-year-old of Chapleton, Clarendon, was remanded into custody after she pleaded guilty in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to charges of possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and taking steps to export cocaine.

Bent pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to export cocaine.

She is to be sentenced by Resident Magistrate Simone Wolf Reece on January 16.

Bent was held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on December 22 with the drugs when she checked in to board a flight bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to the police, when she was found with the substance she told them that she purchased it from a mad woman for $20,000.

Bent's attorney Michael Lorne told the court that his client, who is the mother of a six-month-old baby, is an ambitious young woman who aspires to be a nurse. He said she fell on hard times and was unable to complete her studies.

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