Mum is foiled in bid to smuggle €36k drugs haul
GUILTY: Student caught out by airport checks
A psychology student who was caught smuggling €36,000 worth of cannabis into the country has been given a six-year suspended sentence.
Linda Ama (29) of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, who is originally from Cameroon but living here since 2002, pleaded guilty to possession of 4.5kg of cannabis on February 23, 2009 at Dublin Airport.
Paul Burns, defending, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Ama has completed her degree since evidence was heard in the case last February.
Judge Katherine Delahunt said she believed Ama was unlikely to reoffend and imposed a six-year sentence which she suspended in full. She ordered 18 months probation supervision and random drug testing.
Garda John O'Shea told the court, that Ama was coming through customs on her way back from Amsterdam when she was selected by customs officials for a search as a result of their profiling methods.
She had flown to Holland earlier that day with no baggage and but had bags on her return which raised immediate suspicions with customs officers.
The drugs were found in two silver foil packages in her bag. She immediately admitted her role and said a friend had arranged for her to pick up the drugs in Holland and bring them back in return for payment.
Gda O'Shea agreed with Mr Burns that it was an "extremely crude and unsophisticated operation" and was "doomed to failure."
He added Ama had no previous convictions and was a "simple gentle person who was played for a fool by others".
Mr Burns said she was the single mother of a seven-year-old child and had got into her psychology course with the help of a UK company she had impressed through her job as a salesperson.