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TT woman jailed in Ireland on coke charge
A Trinidadian woman caught smuggling cocaine into Dublin to raise money to treat her seriously ill son has been sentenced to six years in prison with five suspended, the Irish Independent reports.
Margaret Alexander, 50, was arrested at Dublin Airport on February 27, 2013 after customs officers found cocaine worth €192,605 hidden in the lining of two suitcases.
She pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the drugs for sale or supply and has been in custody at the Dóchas Centre since her arrest.
Alexander's lawyer said she had placed an ad in the paper in Trinidad and had been approached by a number of Nigerian men who asked her to transport drugs.
She said she believed the drug she was carrying was marijuana.
Mr Rea said that since her imprisonment, Alexander has completed courses in tapestry and personal development and is attending a number of other courses which she hopes will help her find employment on her return to Trinidad.
He said the single mother-of-three has no previous convictions and suffers from diabetes and arthritis.
Judge Desmond Hogan said it was a “harrowing” case, and that although the woman had committed a very serious offence, she had done it for altruistic reasons.
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