Jamaican Police Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges; Faces 40 Years In Prison

Friday, April 8, 2022, 1:51 PM GMT-5

Shelian Allen, an 18-year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has pleaded guilty in a Federal District Court in Fort Lauderdale to the charges of smuggling cocaine into the United States of America (USA).

According to a release by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida, the 42-year-old Jamaican ex-cop will be sentenced on June 15 by United States District Judge Rodolfo A Ruiz II at 1:30 p.m. She faces up to 40 years in federal prison if convicted.

The release further disclosed that when Allen arrived at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica on February 3, an inspection was carried out by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The following cocaine was subsequently found on or inside her body: about 200 grams in her vagina, about 143 grams in her bra, and about 690 grams inside her stomach.

Additionally, based on investigations conducted by local and federal agencies including Homeland Security and the US Postal Inspection Service, the ex-cop has also been charged with wire and mail fraud. Labelled as the ‘Allen Lottery Scheme Organization’, they suspect that this criminal organization is headed by Allen.

Vulnerable persons such as the elderly were targeted across the US and based on a news report, US court documents revealed that 17 victims across the country were scammed for an amount greater than USD 1.69 million.

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