Days after a woman was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with nine pounds of cocaine concealed in several books and cosmetic supplies, she was this afternoon sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

The woman, Rena Jagernauth, 23, a waitress, was also fined $13.1M when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

On April 1, 2019, at CJIA, she had in her possession 4.853 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that, on the day in question at around 13:50 hrs, Jagernauth was an outgoing passenger on a Copa Airline flight destined to Panama.

Ranks from the Police Narcotics Branch on duty observed the woman acting in a suspicious manner and they approached her.

A search was then conducted on her luggage and a quantity of cocaine was found concealed in several books, perfumes, deodorants, skin cream, make-up kits and hair cutting machines.

The woman was cautioned and she admitted that the drug belonged to her. She was then taken into custody. Apart from pleading guilty, the woman declined to tell the court anything else.

The Chief Magistrate, after listening to the prosecutor’s facts and considering the woman’s early guilty plea, imposed the custodial sentence and the hefty fine.


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