#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – Two women in desperate, even vulnerable situations are lured into drug trafficking from their home countries and were this week fined and jailed for cocaine smuggling. A woman from Suriname – Nicole Akeola and the other from Guyana – Ieasha Graham were behind the Drug Enforcement Unit arrests of two women who came into the country on Caribbean Airlines and were found, each, with nine pounds of illicit drugs.
When they appeared in court, each had a sad story to tell and the judge admitted to having sympathy but still fined each young woman $10,000 and gave them two years in jail. One woman said her mother died and left her to care for two teenaged siblings, no telling what will happen to those children now. The other said she needed money, even considered prostitution to take care of an ailing grand-mother.
With stories which were strikingly similar, both women claimed to have been told that a man would be waiting in The Bahamas for them, pay them for being #drugmules and they could return home. Instead, they were caught red-handed with the cocaine by the #DEU – one at the airport, the other at a hotel.