Trinidadian Margaret Alexander has been sentenced to six years in prison in Ireland with five suspended, after she was caught smuggling cocaine into Dublin to raise money to treat her seriously ill son.
According to reports, 50 year old Alexander was arrested at Dublin Airport on February 27, 2013 after customs officers found cocaine worth €192,605 hidden in the lining of two suitcases.
She pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the drugs for sale or supply and has been in custody at the Dóchas Centre since her arrest.
Alexander had reportedly been trying to raise money to treat her 25-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy and has been wheelchair-bound since birth.
Alexander who needed US $13,000 to pay for her son’s operation, had reportedly placed an ad in a local paper, and was approached by a number of Nigerian men who asked her to transport drugs.
Her lawyer said she believed the drug she was carrying was marijuana.