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March 10, 2014
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Woman heavily fined for cocaine
A woman who was told to compose herself and talk to the presiding magistrate in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Thursday, begged for leniency after she pleaded guilty to several cocaine-related charges.

She is Gloria Blake, 49, who was fined $200,000 or six months for possession of, $250,000 or six months for dealing in, and $350,000 or six months for taking steps to import point six ounces of cocaine.

In addition, she was also sentenced to serve 12 months for conspiracy.

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Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey said if the fines are not paid, then the sentences are to run concurrently to 18 months in prison.

"Compose yourself and talk to me," RM Pusey said to Blake, who started crying when she heard the judge's orders.

"I am asking you to be lenient with me," the accused woman told the court.

Allegations are that the accused arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport on a flight from Curaçao and during routine security checks she was searched and interviewed.

It is reported that several cylindrical parcels containing cocaine were removed from her vaginal cavity.

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