Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

Woman gets 25-year imprisonment for meth trafficking

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Woman who was caught at the Palau airport arrivals for possessing meth in her body got sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and a fine of $50,000.

Happy Fritz, 39, carried 50 grams of methamphetamine in her body while entering Palau from Manila, Philippines on Saturday.

Fritz is ordered to serve first ten years in the correctional facility and is given 15 years of probation after serving 10 ten years.

Fritz’s sentence starts from Thursday this week and upon the completion of her sentence, she has been ordered to seek treatment and recovery program at the behavioral health.

Fritz who was searched at the Palau airport and Belau National Hospital was arrested on the afternoon of the same day.

According to the statements by Det. Miwa Nebayama who is a special agent with the Narcotic Enforcement Agency (NEA), Fritz left Palau on the 16th of this month for a meeting with a friend in the Philippines about a business opportunity and came back on the 20th.

An x-ray conducted at the hospital, which according to the NEA official was volunteered by Fritz, revealed a foreign object in her body.

This x-ray was however the last search to which Fritz voluntarily cooperated and happened after the series of previous searches conducted by the officials with cooperation from Fritz.

What was revealed from the x-ray search was 50 grams of field-tested positive methamphetamine popularly known as ice.

While Fritz was in custody, additional charges were filed on her for possessing 42 grams of methamphetamine inside her prison cell. The case against her has been dismissed. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)