Sunday 26 May, 2019

St Catherine woman slapped with big fine for ganja smuggling

A St Catherine woman who was arrested and charged after she tried to smuggle 276 pounds of compressed ganja through the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) to Antigua was slapped with a heavy fine earlier this week.

The drug had an estimated street value of $1.1 million.

Forty-five-year-old Sophia Dunn of Central Village appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Thursday, and pleaded guilty to the offences of possession of ganja and conspiracy to export ganja on February 27, 2018, for which she was sentenced to pay fines of $15,000 or six months’ imprisonment and $350,000 or six months’ imprisonment, respectively.

The offences of dealing in ganja and taking steps preparatory to exporting ganja were withdrawn against Dunn.

She was offered bail in the sum of $300,000 with surety, to pay the fines on or before July 10, 2018, failing which she will have to serve the prison time.

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