Suri­namese woman found with cash strapped to thighs fined, or­dered de­ported

-un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for laun­der­ing

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

A Suri­namese na­tional, who po­lice say was found with a large amount of cur­rency strapped to her thighs af­ter ar­riv­ing in Guyana via a ‘back­track’ route, was yesterday fined and or­dered de­ported for il­le­gal en­try.

Gabriella Regina Or­tiz, 24, ad­mit­ted that on July 11th, at Spring­lands, she en­tered Guyana by sea and dis­em­barked with­out the con­sent of an immigration of­fi­cer. Ac­cord­ing to her at­tor­ney, Mar­cel Bobb, Or­tiz ar­rived in May and had been granted a six-month-long stay.

He noted that it was his client’s be­lief that she was al­lowed to come and go as she pleased within the six-month pe­riod.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Gor­don Mans­field, how­ever, told the court that on the day in ques­tion, Or­tiz en­tered Guyana via the Suri­name ‘back­track’ route and upon her ar­rival she was ar­rested by ranks of the Guyana Po­lice Force’s Nar­cotics Branch.

He also re­ported that a search was con­ducted and a sum of money was found strapped to Or­tiz’ body.

Fur­ther checks were then con­ducted on her pass­port and it was re­vealed that she did not present her­self to immigration.

Mans­field noted that the ac­cused is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for money laun­der­ing as €8,000 was found strapped to her thighs.

The Chief Mag­is­trate sub­se­quently fined Or­tiz $20,000 or a de­fault sen­tence of 21 days in jail. She also or­dered that the woman be es­corted to the near­est port of exit sub­se­quent to pay­ing the fine or serv­ing the de­fault sen­tence.

Gabriella Regina Or­tiz

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