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February 21, 2014
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Curaçao national held for ganja

A Curaçao national who told the court he was not aware of how over one pound of ganja found its way in his shoes was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Marlon Boutisma, 33, of Santa Maria, pleaded guilty to possession of, but denied dealing in, taking steps preparatory to export and conspiracy to export ganja.

Allegations are that on February 6 about 3:15 p.m, Boutisma arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport and was in the process of checking in to board a plane destined to Curaçao, when he was stopped, interviewed, and his travelling bag searched.

Two pairs of sneakers were found with irregular shaped parcels in each foot, wrapped in transparent plastic containing vegetable matter. The ganja was weighed and it was revealed to be a pound and six ounces.

Boutisma denied knowing the ganja was in his shoes, saying: "I didn't know about ganja in shoes. I came on a trip (vacation) with some girl."

He is to return to court for mention on March 24.

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