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August 5, 2014
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Accused smuggler remanded

A mother of five who tried to sneak ganja out of the country in a pair of slippers was remanded into custody when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Pleading guilty to possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and taking steps preparatory to export ganja is 51-year-old Marlene Jarrett of a Kingston address.

It is alleged that on July 27, about 1:20 p.m., Jarrett arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport to board a plane to Panama. When she was stopped while going through a security checkpoint, the police were alerted and she was checked.

The pair of wedge heel slippers she was wearing was scanned and the officers observed two irregular images and compressed ganja was found in both feet.

Her luggage was searched and eight parcels containing ganja were also found in another pair of slippers.

A total of one pound, six ounces of ganja was found. Jarrett was subsequently arrested and charged.

When Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgianna Fraser asked the accused for the age of her youngest child, who is four years old, she broke down in tears.

After she regained her composure, she was further quizzed by the RM, "who is taking care this child?" to which she responded, "I don't know."

RM Fraser further asked Jarrett, "who you left your child with?", "me daughter, but she's no longer there." she responded.

A social-inquiry report was requested and she is to return to court on August 21 for sentencing.

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