3 years jail, $1.4M fine for cocaine swallowing teen

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The 19-year-old girl who was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on July 6, after swallowing some 119 cocaine pellets, was today jailed for 3 years by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.

Anesha Hardy of South Ruimveldt admitted to the allegation and was also fined $1.4M.

The Court heard from the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford that Hardy who was an outgoing passenger destined to JFK Airport was stopped by a CANU rank who had received information of her motives.

She was escorted to the hospital where an x-ray showed the pellets in her stomach. As such, she excreted the pellets between July 6-8.

Sandiford informed the Chief Magistrate that the young woman admitted in several statements to the offence outlining the process by which she ingested the pellets.

However the CANU Prosecutor told the Court that the story is a sad instance of negligent living and that the defendant was taken advantage of by a seasoned narcotics trafficker, that CANU is reportedly seeking.

McLennan then handed down the sentence to which the young woman broke down in tears.

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