Sobbing young mother gets 15 months for cocaine smuggling

POSTED: 11/25/11 12:41 PM

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced a sobbing 21-year-old girl from Guyana, Candacy Amanda Delph, to 15 months imprisonment for an attempt to smuggle a bit more than two kilos of cocaine via a complicated route from Suriname to Africa. Of the sentence, 10 months are suspended. The court imposed 3 years of probation.

Delph was caught at the Princess Juliana International airport on November 3. She was traveling with seven boxes of mascara. Customs officers became suspicious because a couple of days earlier they had sent another traveler back home because her passport was not in order. This woman was also traveling with boxes of mascara, and they were also destined for Africa.

Delph told the court that she had undertaken the trip that would take her from Guyana via Suriname, Curacao and St. Maarten to Paris and from there to Ghana and her final destination Togo. The cocaine was hidden in the caps of the mascara bottles, something that became apparent on inspection when officers found that the caps were heavier than the bottles containing the mascara.

The sobbing and crying defendant, who has a 4-year-old daughter back home, told the court that the sister of her stepfather and her girlfriend had bought the ticket for her and that she was going to visit her sick stepfather in Togo.

Prosecutor mr. G. van der Wulp said that the girl’s story was not credible, given the fact that the mascara could have been sent to Togo for a mere $200, while the roundabout plane trip was much expensive. She also had a hard time to believe that the girl had no clue about the cocaine. “The defendant should have been more critical. She took this far too easy. She should have known better, but instead she willingly accepted the risk that there were drugs involved.”

A punishment of 18 months would be normal for the amount of cocaine involved, but the prosecutor settled for a demand of 15 months, of which 10 months are suspended with 3 years of probation.

Attorney mr. Shaira Bommel admitted that her client had been a bit naïve. “The demand is a bit high; this is the first time my client traveled abroad. She did not realize what was going on and wanted to visit her sick stepfather in Togo.”

Judge mr. M. Keppels followed the prosecutor’s demand. “You should have investigated this mascara more carefully,” she told the girl.

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