- The 64-year-old Ghanaian woman has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for smuggling heroin
- Rose Amanor tried to smuggle the hard drug in ‘koobi’ (local name for dried salted fish)
- She was caught with the substance at the airport with three kilos of heroin
A 64-year-old Ghanaian woman has been arrested and sentenced to prison for possessing three kilos of heroin
Rose Amanor was busted at the John F. Kennedy airport whiles travelling with heroin inside dried fish and trying to smuggle the drug-filled treats into the United States.
According to New York City prosecutors the arrest was made last February.
Trying to excuse herself, the woman blamed her son for coercing her to bring the heroin to the US, according to the Daily News.
She prayed the court to have mercy on her: “I am asking you to have mercy on me so I can go home to my family and enjoy whatever time I have left with my family,' the woman said through an interpreter.
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But the judge called her out on what he referred to as an 'incessant number of fish stories' told to authorities.
“ find it totally incredible that Mrs. Amanor didn't know what it was that she was doing,” federal judge Eric Vitaliano said according to the Daily News.
The court also denied, Amanor’s request of a sentence time served. She has been in custody for 13 months and will be deported to Ghana upon her release from prison.