Sharon Armstrong sentenced for cocaine smuggling in Argentina
Sat, 24 Mar 2012 6:01p.m.
By Alison Harley
A Wellington woman in jail in Argentina has been found guilty of smuggling cocaine and sentenced to almost five years in jail.
Watch an interview with Sharon Armstrong speaking from prison last year
Sharon Armstrong's family talks about her arrest
Sharon Armstrong was a former deputy chief executive of the Maori Language Commission and was heading to London to meet her internet boyfriend who had asked her to travel via Argentina and pick up a weighty paper contract for him.
But when she got to customs she got a shock.
“They lifted the bottom of the bag up and I immediately saw there were three packages that were wrapped in masking tape,” says Armstrong.
Customs officials found more than five kilograms of cocaine in her luggage.
Her family have said she was conned, and had no idea she was carrying drugs - she trusted her boyfriend.
“[He was a] very handsome black man, and looked very nice, really friendly, warm,” says Armstrong.
Overnight a distinguished British scientist was caught with two kilos of cocaine in Buenos Aires, and he too claims he was conned into carrying packages through Argentina by internet friends.
Newspaper reports in Argentina say the judge believed Sharon Armstrong had been tricked and sentenced her to almost the minimum sentence possible, 4 years and 10 months in jail.
She will be eligible for parole next year.
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25/03/2012 10:34:17 p.m.
Eligible for parole next year?? A very light sentence for smuggling 5 kilos of cocaine.
25/03/2012 10:02:26 a.m.
Terence you say what we all think, you are soo right.
25/03/2012 1:03:59 a.m.
I think this may explain why Maori departments and institutions perform so poorly, if this is the intelligence level of the top echelon in Maoridom. I wonder if she was one of the Maori students at the Hamilton teachers training college many years ago who were taken on a bus trip and given the answers to their final exams.
24/03/2012 10:40:20 p.m.
how naive is she, "could you bypass your trip to Cuba and pick up some special powder for me" Yeah Right
24/03/2012 8:22:12 p.m.
Floral Paisley wrote:
Sharon dear ... No man is worth it....
24/03/2012 6:51:21 p.m.
you do the crime you do the time dont trust anything on the net its out to get you
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