Mauritius jails French drug smuggler

2015-01-30 16:39

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Port Louis - A court on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius on Friday sentenced a French woman convicted of drug smuggling to 20 years in prison.

Aurore Gros-Coissy, 27, was arrested in 2011 with 1 680 Subutex tablets, a drug sold on prescription in France as a heroin substitute for those trying to end their addiction, but banned in Mauritius.

She has always maintained her innocence, claiming the drugs were placed there by a friend, whose mother, Mauritian national Giantee Ramchurn, was also sentenced to 20 years in jail on Friday.

Judge Bobby Madhub also fined Gros-Coissy €1 300 and Ramchurn about €2 600.

Both had been found guilty in November last year.

As well as Gros-Coissy, four other French nationals have been jailed in Mauritius for smuggling Subutex and are serving prison terms ranging from 15 to 20 years.

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