J'can woman get 10 years for drugs in the US


November 17, 2015

A Jamaican national residing in the United States, accused of distributing methamphetamine disguised as ecstasy, often making deals at locales near Pittsburgh International Airport, was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.

She is 35-year-old Racquel Sanchez, who had been living in Tucson in Arizona.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the sentenced handed down was the mandatory minimum for the offence.

Sanchez, whose husband, Hugo Sanchez, is also a drug dealer with connections in Mexico, according to the FBI, agreed to become the supplier and in July 2013 delivered a pound of meth to one of her contacts.

Ring members then mixed the drug with other substances to expand its volume for sale in Pittsburgh as 'Molly', the street term for ecstasy.

The FBI was able to piece together the case against Sanchez through taps on the phones in which persons would often refer to her and imitate her Jamaican accent, implicating her as the supplier.

- B.B.

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