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Woman to be sentenced for smuggling ganja in tin juices

Wednesday, October 31, 2012    

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A woman who pleaded guilty to attempting to export three pounds of ganja to Trinidad in tins of fruit punch juices is to know her fate on November 16.

The 44-year-old accused, Michelle Russell, pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, taking steps to export, and conspiracy to export ganja when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday. She was remanded into custody for sentencing.

Russell was held with the drugs after she checked in for a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The woman, however, told Magistrate Georgianna Fraser that even though she was guilty of having the drug in her possession, she was not aware that it was in her luggage.

Russell told the court that a gentleman offered her a trip to the island after she had confided in him about her struggles as a result of being unemployed.

She said the man promised to get her a job in the country and gave her the juices to give his wife, who would be receiving her.

"Ma'am, I can tell you that you can find every type of juice that we have here in any part of the world, so you didn't have to bring them. Anybody who get those things to carry, it should open up their eyes," the magistrate said after listening to her.

"There is no such thing as a free ride and no Santa Clause is walking around in September and October, he might come down in December but not in October," she added.

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