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March 13, 2014
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Blind, elderly woman held for attempted drug smuggle

A blind, elderly American woman was gingerly escorted before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, after being accused of attempting to smuggle a quantity of ganja out of the island.

The court heard that the accused, Brenda-Joyce Lucas, charged with possession of, taking steps to export, and conspiracy to export ganja was ordinarily resident in Hollywood, Florida, in the United States.

The Crown alleged that Lucas was found to have had five ounces of ganja packaged in an irregular-shaped parcel inside her vaginal cavity, after attempting to leave the island via the Norman Manley International Airport.

Lucas' lawyer argued that his client was a victim, positing that she has had a series of surgeries throughout her lifetime, which has left most of her lower trunk numb, as a basis to explain how the woman could have had the contraband placed in her person without her knowledge.

unmoved

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey seemed unmoved by the claims.

"It may look cruel, but she's a drug courier. I've seen people with cancer carrying drugs, I've seen amputees. After a while you get numb," RM Pusey lectured.

The sitting magistrate ordered the accused remanded until April 10 for a mention hearing. A fingerprint order was also made.

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