A Jamaican woman who said she agreed to be a drug mule to get money to start a business is now behind bars at HMP Dodds.
Melecia Latoya Harrison, of Charles Town, Ocho Rios was unable to pay $9,000 in fines imposed on her after she pleaded guilty to possession, trafficking, importation and intent to supply when she appeared in the District “B” Magistrates’ Court today before Acting Magistrate Anthony Blackman.
The 26-year-old babysitter arrived in the island on March 1 after swallowing 41 packages of marijuana.
She had cleared immigration at the Grantley Adams International Airport when she was interviewed by police and subsequently arrested on suspicion of having drugs.
Harrison was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she passed the packages yesterday.
She told the court that she wanted to get money to start her own business and was to receive between $500 and $1,000 for delivering the cannabis.
“I wanted a way out and that was the first thing that came up,” the young Jamaican said.
Acting Magistrate Blackman told the woman about a drug mule who tried something similar and “almost died” after one of the packages burst in his stomach.
He fined Harrison $6,000 forthwith or nine months in jail for trafficking, and a further $3 000 for possession, with an alternative of six months behind bars.
She was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the importation charge and reprimanded and discharged for intent to supply.
The fines were not paid.