also fined $2.7M
The mother of the 14-year-old boy who was busted with cocaine concealed in the handles of his suitcase was yesterday sentenced to three years in prison and fined $2.7M, when she appeared before City Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.
Cora Fowler, 41, of East La Penitance, Georgetown initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but when the prosecution presented its facts and evidence, the unrepresented woman indicated to the Magistrate that she would like to change her ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’.
As such, her plea was changed and she was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and fined $2,710,800.
One the day of the drug bust, the woman’s 14-year-old son was apprehended at the CJIA moments before he was about to board a flight destined for the John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport in New York.
Upon inspection of the teen’s suitcase it was discovered that 1.4 kilogram (kg) of cocaine had been stashed away inside of his suitcase handle. A number of persons were taken into police custody and grilled by the relevant authorities.
It is alleged that while being questioned, the mother of the juvenile admitted that it was she who had hidden the illegal substance inside of her child’s luggage. Other members of the family were also implicated but they denied any involvement in the matter. (Ramona Luthi)