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June 27, 2014
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British national smuggles weed

A female British national who was caught smuggling cannabis worth 51,000 ($9.6 million) from Jamaica through Gatwick Airport has been jailed for two years.

Margaret Simms, 57, of Peat Moors, denied bringing 17 kilograms of the drug into the United Kingdom in November last year.

According to a report on www.oxfordmail.co.uk, She was convicted by a jury at a previous hearing and sentenced on Tuesday.

The woman had flown to the Caribbean to visit her Jamaican husband. Inner London Crown Court heard she was acting under duress. She told the jury she was a victim of threats.

Prosecutor Francis Gaskin said: "The evidence heard in total about her role came from the defendant and must have been disbelieved by the jury. There is no credible evidence of threats or pressure. The prosecution said she knew exactly what she was doing and was motivated by financial gain."

But Simms' lawyer said there was no evidence of financial gain or a 'criminal lifestyle'.

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