A domestic helper who attempted to smuggle cocaine into the island from Curacao in her vagina, as well as ganja which she had ingested, claimed she was trying to earn money to pay off the ‘partner money’ that she had used up.
Randine Redwood, 30, of Gravel Heights, Spanish Town, St Catherine, told the court last Thursday that she was the banker and had spent the money that she had collected. However, she did not say how much she had spent.
Redwood was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport on January 2, after she arrived in the island on a flight from Curacao.
During security checks via emit scan it was detected that she had a foreign substance in her body.
The court also heard that Redwood then voluntarily removed a cylindrical parcel from her vagina containing 10 ounces of cocaine.
She was then asked if she had anything in her body and told the police “maybe”.
She was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where she expelled three cylindrical parcels of ganja weighing a total of two ounces.
She was subsequently charged with possession of ganga, importing ganja, possession of cocaine and importing cocaine.
After she pleaded guilty to the charges Judge Pettigrew-Collins asked her why she committed the offence.
“The reason why I do it, I did owe some partner money and mi get the offer,” Redwood said.
She then begged the judge to give her a reasonable sentence.
“You have any idea of the effects of cocaine? You probably wouldn’t even care, as your problem is greed,” Judge Pettigrew-Collins replied.
She was then sentenced to a nine-month mandatory term in prison. In addition, she was ordered to pay $500 for possession of ganja or serve 10 days, $1,000 or 30 days for importing ganja, $50,000 or six months for possession of cocaine, and $100,000 or six moths for importing cocaine.
The fines, if not paid, will run consecutive to the nine-month sentence.