Headline — 08 July 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Woman busted trying to smuggle weed into central prison

She said she was “set up” by someone who asked her to take in something for a friend

A Belize City woman is facing a charge of drug trafficking after she was busted at the Belize Central Prison on Friday, July 4, when she attempted to smuggle 109 grams of cannabis into the facility.

Natasha Lewis, 25, an unemployed of 133 West Canal Street, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who arraigned her on the single charge of possession of an illegal drug with intent to supply to another for the purpose of drug trafficking.

After pleading not guilty to the charge, Lewis attempted to explain in court how she ended up on the wrong side of the law.

She said that basically, she was set up. Lewis said that she was going to the prison to visit a friend, when a man she knew asked her to take a package for someone in the prison for him.

Lewis said that she went to the bus terminal and was given a pair of sneakers and some food. She said she had no idea that the pair of sneakers contained weed.

The court prosecutor had no objection to the court offering Lewis bail. She was released on a bail of $5,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

Her case was adjourned to September 1, 2014.

A conviction for drug trafficking carries a minimum fine of $10,000 or three years in prison. Upon conviction, both the fine and confinement can be imposed by the court.

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