Three Bermudian women jailed in UK for importing cocaine
Three Bermudian women who smuggled almost $70,000 of cocaine into Britain through “internal concealments” have been jailed.
Catara Mattie, 20, Shantori Daniels, 23, and Shaliquah Talbot, 27, were questioned by officials after arriving at Gatwick on a flight from Jamaica last November.
According to the UK’s National Crime Agency, all three women were found to have “internal concealments” of the drug, weighing about one kilogram in total.
When questioned by detectives, the trio gave differing stories. Daniels and Talbot, who both moved from Bermuda to Birmingham, England, each claimed to have been given the drugs by men they met in a bar or restaurant. Mattie, who was living in the Greater Manchester area in the North West, admitted making the drug run for cash.
All three pleaded guilty to importing Class A drugs.
During a hearing at Lewes Crown Court last month, Mattie was jailed for three years, while Daniels, believed to be from Pembroke, was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
Talbot received the same 32-month jail term when she was sentenced on Thursday.
After sentencing, Mark McCormack, branch commander of the NCA, told the Manchester Evening News: “These young women had their whole lives ahead of them.
“Instead, they chose to risk their immediate futures in pursuit of money, and will now have to live with the consequences.
“Their stories should be a stark reminder to those who would attempt to do the same — it simply isn’t worth the risk.
“Organised crime groups need couriers like these women to bring their illicit commodities into the UK. Working with our partners across law enforcement, we are determined to do all we can to stop them and target the criminal networks involved in international drug trafficking.”
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