Suriname woman fined for trafficking drugs
A 30-year-old woman was fined $25,000 after being found guilty of importing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Janice Pengel, a Suriname national, was given six months to pay the fine or face six months hard labour.
Pengel appeared before Arima Magistrate Cheron Raphael on Thursday where she pleaded guilty to two offences.
She was represented by attorney Sallian Holdip while Senior Attorney Harricharan Kassie represented the Customs and Excise Division.
Charges were laid by PC Parris.
The court was told on the morning of October 4, Parris was at the Piarco International Airport when he had cause to stop and search Pengel.
During a search of her luggage, with assistance from Customs and Excise officer Ali Baksh, 15 packets of marijuana which weighed 17.52 kilogrammes were found.
The marijuana was valued at $234,000.