A female police officer from Jamaica who was recently held with cocaine on entering the United States, has pleaded guilty in federal district court in Fort Lauderdale to importing the drug into that country.
As part of her guilty plea, 42-year-old Shelian Cherine Allen, a Jamaican citizen, admitted the following:
On February 3, Allen arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica. An inspection by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed that Allen had a package of cocaine inside her vagina, and a package of cocaine inside each of her bra cups.
Allen also had 90 pellets of packaged cocaine inside her stomach, which she had swallowed.
CBP officers took Allen to a local hospital, where she expelled the 90 pellets.
In total, Allen had over 1,000 grams of cocaine on or inside her body when she entered the United States: about 200 in her vagina, about 143 grams in her bra, and about 690 grams inside her stomach.
At the time of her arrest, Allen was a law enforcement officer employed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
United States District Judge Rodolfo A Ruiz II is to sentence Allen on June 15 at 1:30 pm in a federal district court in Fort Lauderdale. Allen faces up to 40 years in federal prison for the offences.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony Salisbury, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
HSI Miami investigated the case. CBP assisted in the matter. Assistant US Attorney William T Shockley is prosecuting the case.