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Female cabbie wearing cocaine-stuffed slippers arrested at airport

Published:Monday | December 26, 2016 | 3:18 PM

A female taxi operator who attempted to board a plane at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) on Christmas day wearing slippers stuffed with drugs is now behind bars.

Police say detectives from the narcotics division seized a quantity of cocaine and arrested the 38-year-old woman for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) after she attempted to board a flight at the NMIA on Sunday.

Reports are that about 5:20.p.m., the woman arrived at the airport to board a flight destined for the USA.

Subsequently, Port Security officers observed abnormalities during an X-ray of a pair of slippers she was wearing, and notified the Narcotics detectives.

A detailed examination of the slippers revealed cocaine concealed inside them.

She then confessed to having inserted cocaine inside her body and was then taken to hospital where a cylindrical object was removed. Another pair of slippers stuffed with cocaine was also found in her suitcase.

The cocaine weighed a combined total of 3.7 kilogram and has an estimated street value of J$3.9 million.

The police say she will be formally interviewed in the presence of her attorney and charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and taking steps preparatory to export cocaine.

She is set to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Thursday.