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Woman jailed for smuggling cocaine in high heels
September 07, 2018
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CANBERRA: A US woman, who was found with cocaine stuffed inside her high heels and other belongings in her luggage, was jailed on Thursday for smuggling drugs into Australia.

Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was arrested at Sydney Airport last year. She claimed that she was tricked by a fake Internet suitor into smuggling drugs, the BBC reported.

In January, she pleaded guilty to the illegal import but told the court she was a victim of an online romance scam.

A judge found she had willingly participated in the operation.

On Thursday, the New South Wales District Court sentenced Woodrum, from Missouri, to a maximum of seven-and-a-half years in jail.

“I do not accept that she is genuinely contrite for her offending as opposed to being sorry for the situation she now finds herself caught in,” said Judge Penelope Wass, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Her lawyer Rebecca Neil described her client as a deeply religious and socially isolated woman who had been groomed by a man online, the newspaper said.

Indo-Asian News Service

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