Woman sentenced five years for smuggling heroin on Atlanta flight
Wednesday, August 26 2009 @ 12:37 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: When this article says "more than two pounds," so I think she was almost certainly carrying one kilo of pure heroin. And since the article says the drugs were "in and on" her body, then she probably swallowed capsules to try to introduce the drugs. She's damn lucky they didn't break open - if they had then she would have died from an overdose. So, what's a kilo of nearly pure heroin worth in Atlanta? This woman was supposedly going to get paid $20,000 for smuggling the drugs. If this was pure heroin then it's value in the US is considerably higher than what's normally sold on the street to end users because it can be cut and diluted several times. And the best I can find right now indicates one kilo of pure uncut heroin in the US is worth about $162,000 dollars. And now this woman will spend more than five years in prison and another four years on probation. And once again, she's damn lucky they didn't catch her here - prison in Panama makes prison in the US look like a trip to Disney World.