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November 22, 2012
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$1 million or jail time

A 28-year-old Jamaican woman is facing the possibility of two years in jail if she fails to pay EC$36,000 (J$1.211m) by the end of the week for smuggling marijuana into Antigua.

She is Samantha Carissa Selinske.

The Jamaican woman, who cried openly in court on Monday, pleaded guilty to possession of three pounds (1.36 kilograms) of cannabis, importation, and possession with intent to transfer.

It is reported that Selinske was taken to the police station where her underwear was searched and a ball of cannabis found.

Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh told the accused that she would also be deported after serving her sentence.

The drug had an estimated street value of EC$12,000 (J$403,765).

Allegations are that Selinske arrived in Antigua last Friday on board a Caribbean Airlines flight from Jamaica, and following a search of her luggage, several chicken boxes containing 26 packets of the cannabis were found.

She told the court that the packages had been given to her by a man "while sitting at the airport".

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