Women smuggle ganja to take care of kids
Two St Catherine women pleaded guilty to trying to export ganja in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday.
The women, Terrian Edwards and Tamika Small, were charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja, and conspiracy to export ganja.
Reports are that on May 20, Small arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport to board a flight to Barbados. It was revealed that she was carrying ganja wrapped in condoms in a body cavity.
Small later told the police that Edwards gave her the ganja. Edwards' house was searched later that day, and 1.5 pounds of ganja was seized.
In her defence, Edwards said her reason for taking part in the act was to secure money to pay her 16-year-old daughter's outstanding school fee.
"I have three children. They are ages nine, 15 and 16. The 16-year-old is doing CXC now, and I owe for two years of school fee and the school said that she won't get her exam results if she doesn't pay," Edwards explained.
Small added that she wanted the money to help her daughter.
Both women were each fined $15,000 for possession, $28,000 for dealing in, $58,000 for taking steps to export, $56,000 for conspiracy to export ganja.