SINGAPORE: A drug smuggler who had transported cocaine from Brazil to Thailand on several occasions was finally caught last year when he tried to board a flight at Singapore’s Changi Airport. South African Marsland Andrew John, 49, was on Wednesday (Oct 9) sentenced to 26 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane, after pleading guilty to one count of trying to export a Class A controlled drug from Singapore.The court heard that Marsland was recruited by a person named Tony in South Africa to deliver drugs, and was promised US$2,000 (S$2,760) for each successful job.He had completed four such jobs transporting drugs from Sao Paulo in Brazil to Bangkok via Phnom Penh or Phuket, and was on his fifth and final job when he came to Singapore.Marsland was initially meant to fly from Sao Paulo through Zurich and Singapore to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, but received a call from Tony telling him that one of their female couriers had experienced problems in Cambodia.The plan was then changed for him to fly to Phuket instead on a Jetstar flight from Singapore.Marsland collected the drugs in a black paper bag from a restaurant toilet in Sao Paulo on Jul 28 last year, and counted to make sure… Read full this story
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