Visitor had cannabis resin in backpack


A British woman caught with more than a kilogram of cannabis resin at the airport admitted possession of more than $139,000 of cannabis resin with intent to supply yesterday.

Kirsty Hewitt, 30, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to both charges.

The court heard that Hewitt arrived at the LF Wade International Airport in St George’s on a British Airways flight on December 3.

She was cleared through a luggage check by Customs officers, but sniffer dogs alerted the officers to her suitcase.

Hewitt denied possession of contraband.

Officers found a red and black backpack in Hewitt’s suitcase that she claimed belonged to a friend.

Crown prosecutor Shuntae Simons said that Customs officers noticed the bag was empty but still heavy.

Magistrate Tyrone Chin heard that customs cut the bag open and found a bag with a brown substance inside.

Hewitt was arrested and taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where she had an X-ray and physical examination before she was taken to Hamilton Police Station.

The bag was later confirmed to contain 1,391.5 grammes of cannabis resin with a total street value of $139,150.

Hewitt was interviewed by police but answered “no comment” to all questions.

Ms Simons said that Hewitt, from Watford, near London, should be remanded in custody in case she turned to crime to support herself.

She added that the drugs could have caused “serious damage” and posed a significant threat.

But Simone Smith-Bean, for the defence, said that the resin, although illegal, did not pose health risks as serious as drugs such as heroin.

Ms Smith-Bean added that she and her client had not seen the evidence against Hewitt and asked for time to review it before sentence was passed.

Mr Chin remanded Hewitt in custody and adjourned the case until January 10 for the prosecution to give the evidence to Ms Smith-Bean.

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