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Woman jailed, fined for ganja smuggling

Saturday, October 20, 2012    

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A Clarendon woman who tried to smuggle 3.3 pounds of ganja out of the island in her brassiere and crotch has been slapped with a nine-month prison sentence and fined $105,500.

Claudine Ward was sentenced on Wednesday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court by Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams after she pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Ward was held recently at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) as she attempted to board a flight to St Lucia. The court was told that the weed was found on the woman during a search. A sum of $18,000 was also found in her possession, but was taken by the court.

Before she was sentenced, Ward begged the magistrate to exercise leniency, citing that she had a daughter to care for. However, her pleas fell on deaf ears as the magistrate did not respond.

She was then ordered to pay $5,500 for possession of ganja or serve three months in prison and $100,000 or six months for dealing in ganja. Ward was also given a nine-month sentence for exporting ganja.

If the fines are not paid, the sentences are to run concurrent but consecutive to the nine-month sentence.

Meanwhile, a man who was caught entering the island with one pound of cocaine in his crotch was remanded for sentencing on October 31.

The male accused, Shelton Black, was also held at the NMIA where he arrived on a flight from Panama.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, dealing in and importing cocaine before Magistrate Williams and was remanded into custody for sentencing after his lawyer requested a social enquiry report.

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