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Drug mule Sainsbury awaits plea deal decision to cut Colombian jail term

Drug mule Sainsbury awaits plea deal decision to cut Colombian jail term”

Sainsbury arrives at court in July.

Cassie Sainsbury and her mother have arrived at a Colombian court, where her drug-trafficking case is about to resume.

Ms Sainsbury last appeared in court in August after sensationally claiming she was forced to carry the drugs in the face of death threats at an earlier sentencing hearing.

Both sides of her case have agreed to the terms of the deal, which specifies a maximum six-year jail term, a Bogota court heard on Friday, and the judge has retired to consider the deal and will announce a decision on November 1.

Jorge Mendoza, Anti-Narcotic Police Ports and Airports director, said police were given a tip-off that Ms Sainsbury may have been carrying drugs out of the country.

If Sainsbury, 22, takes courses or works within the jail she could be set free within three and a half years with good behaviour.

The 22-year-old Adelaide woman was arrested at Bogota's El Dorado global airport in April, trying to smuggle 5.8 kilograms of cocaine inside 18 separate packages of headphones.

But it's been reported the prosecution is seeking another adjournment in the case in a move which could benefit the Australian.

She initially told prosecutors she had no idea the headphones were filled with cocaine, but later said she had been blackmailed by an worldwide drug syndicate.

Sainsbury was arrested in April after she was caught with 5.6 kilograms of cocaine at Bogota Airport, hidden inside 18 separate packages of headphones.



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