Courier gets four years over cocaine in achar

Sadeeka Leona Odie, who was caught attempting to transport cocaine in achar onto a flight to the United States, was sentenced to four years imprisonment on Wednesday.

Odie, 41, of Lot 186 Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was found guilty by Providence magistrate Leron Daley, who also fined her $30,000.

Sadeeka Leona Odie
Sadeeka Leona Odie

She was initially charged in February, 2014, with trafficking 9.27 kilogrammes of cocaine. Odie had pleaded not guilty.

Odie, who worked as a model, was a passenger of a Caribbean Airlines flight BW526, bound for the JFK Airport, New York, when she was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri (CJIA).

Odie, a single mother of five children ranging in ages from seven to 18 years old, had a US visa and had visited that country before. She allegedly made arrangements to take achar to the US for a fee of US$10,000, the court was told.

She was held after an alert Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) rank acted on information and searched her luggage that was not yet aboard the plane and unearthed the suspicious package.