Woman with pumpkins stuffed with cocaine at Canada Airport

A woman originally from the Dominican Republic, who holds passports from both that country and Canada, was held recently after an x-ray of three pumpkins she was traveling with on a flight to Canada revealed that the Halloween staples were packed with bags of cocaine.


Suspicion arose when a Border Service Agent at Canada Airport asked 26 years old Mercedes Jerez Farias, who was not able to lift her own luggage due to the weight added to by the 4.7 kilos of smuggled cocaine, questions she was unable to adequately answer. Adding to her tight-lipped approach, Farias declined to answer to further questioning put to her after she was arrested by the RCMP.

During her bail hearing, Ms. Farias was denied bail by Judge Lori Weitzman, who ascertained that the Dominican Republic native had no sound ties to the North American country, even though she spent seven years living in South Shore Delson and has been married to a Canadian deliveryman, Stéphane Noël, for 14 years. The two are currently separated and Farias is said to have a boyfriend in the United States, where she visits regularly. The decision was helped along by Farias' lack of transparency when answering questions posed to her.

Information gathered from her passports show a trend of much travel between both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. On her last visit, Farias stated she had departed from Canada in late October to visit her father as his girlfriend had taken sick.

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