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Pregnant Jamaican jailed or 12 months


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A?20-year-old pregnant Jamaican woman, who passed out 17 packages of marijuana at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has told a magistrate that she was transporting the drug to support her family.
Shanique Ameike Hyman, of 90 West Street, Kingston, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking in the drug and importing the drug when she appeared at the District “B” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell sentenced the drug mule to 12 months on each charge to run concurrently.
In relating the case against Hyman, prosecutor Sergeant Wendell Greenidge told the court that she arrived in Barbados on Friday from Trinidad. She cleared Immigration and was subsequently interviewed by the police.
She was arrested and taken to the hospital and examined by a doctor where she confessed that she was pregnant. This was also confirmed by ultrasound.
The young woman also admitted that she had ingested drugs and tests revealed that there were foreign matters in her digestive system.
Hyman was detained in Ward C6 where she passed out 17 packages of marijuana, weighing half a pound.
The quantity was valued at $2 000.
Hyman apologized to the court and said she was offered money to transport the drugs and she did it in order to support herself and her family. (MB)

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