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August 8, 2014
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Woman caught smuggling cocaine remanded

A woman accused of attempting to smuggle a quantity of cocaine into the island was further remanded when she appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with possession of, dealing in, importing and conspiracy to import cocaine is 28-year-old Herfia Reid, who pleaded guilty to the offences.

It is alleged that Reid disembarked an inbound flight from Curacao, when officials observed her walking in a peculiar manner, as she trod through the halls of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston.

This reportedly arouse suspicion, causing them to accost the accused, and taking her to a private room for questioning. Reid removed a cylindrical package, containing approximately 1.5 pounds of cocaine, from her privates.

The accused is a mother of four with children ages four to 10, to which Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgiana Fraser probed into whether they were in the care of a responsible adult.

RM Fraser requested that a probation officer contact the accused woman to make arrangements in the event that the children were in need of protective custody.

The magistrate ordered Reid further remanded, until August 20, pending sentencing. A fingerprint order was also made.

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