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Hairdresser fined, jailed for ganja

Monday, June 09, 2014    

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A hairdresser who ingested 51 pellets of ganja and tried to smuggle it to Curacao was last Tuesday sentenced to 12 months in prison and fined $24,000 when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The woman, Shauna-Lee Ferguson, a 31-year-old mother of three who lives in Kingston, was sentenced by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey after she pleaded guilty to breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Before the magistrate handed down her sentence, the woman's attorney Earl Hamilton told RM Pusey to bear in mind that his client had lost everything that she owned in two separate house fires and that one of her children had heart problem.

But the magistrate was not moved by Ferguson's unfortunate situation and told her that she should have used her skills and expand her hairdressing business instead of trying to survive by illicit means.

"You have these kinds of problems and you take these kinds of risk," she said.

Ferguson's lawyer in answering told the magistrate that she took a chance.

But Pusey replied, "And she get caught so she have to face the consequences."

She was then sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $4,000 or serve six months for possession of ganja, $8,000 or six months for dealing in ganja, $12, 000 or six months for ganja. Ferguson was also sentenced to serve nine months for conspiracy to export ganja and if the fines are not paid the sentences will run concurrent but consecutive to the one-year prison sentence.

Ferguson was recently held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston when she checked into board a flight to Curacao.

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