Filipino Woman Jailed over Drugs

Filipino Woman Jailed over Drugs


A court sentenced a Filipino woman to 18 years in prison on Thursday for smuggling 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into the country.

Evangeline Soneta, 29, was caught with the narcotics when she arrived in Surabaya airport from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in September 2009.

“We sentence her to 18 years in jail,” judge Sariyana of the Sidoarjo District Court in East Java said.

The sentence was less than the prosecutor’s recommendation of life in jail.

Indonesia enforces stiff penalties, including death, for drug trafficking.

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