Fifty-nine year-old Seeta Rampersaud opted not to waste the Court’s time and pleaded guilty to trafficking more than five pounds of cocaine.
She was sentenced to four years in jail and fined $6.2 million.
Rampersaud was preparing to board a New York bound flight on September 18, 2017, when agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit noticed that her carry-on bag was extra bulky.
She was pulled aside and a check of the back revealed the over five pounds of cocaine stashed in the false sides of the carry-on piece.
The former security guard, who had moved to neighbouring Suriname, told the Court that she recently returned to Guyana from Suriname to deal with her pension package when she was approached by a young woman, whose name was given as “Mandy”, and the young woman offered her an opportunity to make “plenty money”.
Ms. Rampersaud explained to the Magistrate that she was later introduced to another person who supplied her with the drug-laden bag to take to the United States.
She said she enquired whether the bag had cocaine and the two persons confirmed that to her. The woman said she still took the chance to take the cocaine to the US because of the money offer.
With a sad look on her face, Seeta Rampersaud hoped for the mercy of the Court, but was instead handed a four year jail sentence and fined $6.2 million.
Based on the information provided, the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit are probing the whereabouts of the two persons the woman claimed approached her and supplied her with the cocaine.