A 21-year-old woman pleaded guilty to a cocaine trafficking charge on Monday but denied that her husband had encouraged her to do.
The remorseful Angelica Forde, appeared in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, almost one week after she was found with cocaine strapped to her body at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle.
The mother of two pleaded guilty to trafficking three kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $8.2 million.
She will return to Court on Tuesday where Magistrate Zamilla Ally – Seopaul will hand down her sentence.
Forde’s husband, James Forde, was also arrested and charged for inciting his wife to smuggle the illicit substance.
He, however, pleaded not guilty and was remanded to prison until July 25.
Despite the woman’s insistence that her husband was not a part of her attempt to smuggle cocaine and his Lawyer’s request for the pretrial liberty, bail was denied. The woman, who appeared suspicious to narcotic agents, was arrested on May 15 at the former Ogle Airport moments before boarding a flight to Barbados.
A search was carried out and the 3.4 kilos of cocaine was found strapped to her body. But investigators believe that the woman’ s husband, who is also a taxi driver, was instrumental in encouraging her to carry the drugs.