(CMR) A Jamaican policewoman who is accused of being the mastermind behind a lottery scamming operation has been indicted on several drug-smuggling charges after she was caught smuggling cocaine in her vagina and other areas of her body.
Shelian Cherine Allen was indicted on drug-smuggling charges in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday.
According to the US Department of Justice, the indictment and a previously filed criminal complaint affidavit alleged that on February 3, Allen (42), a Jamaican citizen, 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 approximately 1,350 grams of cocaine on or inside her body when she entered the United States: about 234 in her vagina, about 174 grams in her bra, and about 942 grams inside her stomach.
At the time of her arrest, Allen was a law enforcement officer employed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force for the last 18 years.
The indictment charges Allen with two counts: importation of five hundred (500) grams or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute five hundred (500) grams or more of cocaine. If convicted, she faces up to 40 years in prison on each count.
An indictment merely contains allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.