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Woman Jailed for Smuggling Two Kilos of Cocaine in False Hair Braids

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A woman from Guyana has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for smuggling two kilos (4.4 pounds) of cocaine hidden in false hair braids in the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe, a regional customs official said on Friday. Here are some details from the report of The Philippines Star.

Caught at the Airport

Olivier Fouque, the regional customs director for Guadeloupe, said officials caught the 24-year-old woman at an airport in March. He disclosed that she had concealed cocaine in tubes hidden within her false hair braids.

After her arrest, authorities sentenced the woman to 18 months in prison and fined her 30,000 euros for drug smuggling. No additional information about the case was provided by the customs official.

Fouque noted that this case exemplifies the evolving tactics used by drug smugglers attempting to bring drugs into France’s Caribbean territories. Authorities introduced stricter airport checks, the smugglers have sought innovative ways to avoid detection.

Last year, the French customs detected 47 cases of people carrying drugs in their stomachs, according to Fouque. The number of such incidents this year has decreased to “one or two.” It indicates the effectiveness of the new security measures.

Tougher Checks Across Caribbean Airports

France implemented tougher checks on flights from Guyana in 2022, extending the policy to Guadeloupe and Martinique in March 2024. The increased scrutiny has resulted in the apprehension of numerous drug smugglers and the prevention of drug trafficking into the French Caribbean.

Fouque noted that stricter airport security measures turned away at least 30 “suspect” individuals from flights at France’s Caribbean airports this year. This underscores the ongoing challenge of combating drug smuggling in the region.

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