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Woman jailed ten years for attempted drug smuggling

A woman who attempted to smuggle more than $2 million worth of cannabis was this afternoon sentenced to spend 10 years in prison.

Mary Johnson, 53, from Edgeway Lane, Pembroke, was arrested at Newark's Liberty International Airport on October 21 last year with 49kg of cannabis bricks concealed in her luggage in false bottoms.

Prosecutors told the court the estimated value of the seized drugs on the streets of Bermuda is $2,468,500.

Johnson denied knowing the drugs were in her bags.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves noted challenges Johnson has faced in her life and said he was not unsympathetic to them but could not ignore the massive quantity of drugs and the fact that she had a prior conviction for importing drugs.

“It's said that even a fool should be wise in hindsight,” he said. “You already have the benefit of hindsight. You should have been wise enough this time around not to do it.”

He sentenced Johnson to ten years in prison, with time already spent in custody taken into account. He additionally ordered her to take part in all recommended treatment programmes, both in custody and on parole.

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Published November 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Updated November 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm)

Woman jailed ten years for attempted drug smuggling

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