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13 years prison for 20-year-old female drug smuggler

A 20-year-old woman was today sentenced to 13 years behind bars after importing heroin valued at $657,600 into Bermuda.

Co-Shae Bartrum, of Controversy Lane, in Pembroke, was caught with the drugs in a condom planted inside her on May 23 last year.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith told Supreme Court that Batrum had arrived to the Island on a commercial flight from London.

While going through Customs at L.F Wade International Airport, Bartrum was asked to go to a secondary search area.

Customs officers asked her to remove items of clothing and drugs weighing approximately 274 grams were found.

Before being sentenced Batrum apologised for the offence and said: “I would like to say I am sorry to the courts for wasting their time and for my parents for bringing this bad influence on them.

“And that I hope that if you give me a half a chance, I do not really need a whole chance, but if you give me half a chance I can prove to you and Bermuda I can turn my life around.”

Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons took into account Bartrum's early guilty plea and young age.

But said it was a very serious drug trafficking offence which involve the importing of a substantial amount of heroin.

Photo by Glenn Tucker Co-Shae Bartrum is lead away from Supreme Court today. She was sentenced to 13 years prison for drug smuggling.

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Published March 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm (Updated March 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm)

13 years prison for 20-year-old female drug smuggler

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