Jamaican Police Officer Indicted in Attempt to Smuggle Cocaine Through Florida Airport

By Tribune News Service
Tribune News Service
Tribune News Service
February 24, 2022Updated: April 19, 2022

By Eileen Kelley
From South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A veteran police officer from Jamaica was indicted after attempting to smuggle close to 3 pounds of cocaine into South Florida, a federal grand jury says.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Shelian Cherine Allen, a 42-year-old Jamaican citizen, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Feb. 3.

During a pat-down search in customs, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered something hard protruding from Allen’s groin. After pulling a package of cocaine from her genitals, Allen willingly removed several pellets of cocaine from inside each of her bra cups, the grand jury indictment, and a criminal complaint say.

According to an arrest report, investigators asked Allen if she swallowed any cocaine but she denied doing so. Investigators pressed, saying they were concerned for her safety, and Allen admitted she had swallowed a number of packages of cocaine. Reports say she was taken to a hospital where she expelled 90 pellets of cocaine.

In total, Allen had approximately 1,350 grams of cocaine on or inside her body when she entered the United States, the government claims. That amount of cocaine has a street value of $37,000.

The 1,350 grams is equal to 2.97 pounds.

At the time of her arrest, Allen had been a law enforcement officer employed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force for 18 years.

Stashing drugs inside the body is a way to try and conceal drugs by drug mules, and can be deadly. Typically drugs are placed in latex gloves, condoms or small balloons. If swallowed, stomach acid can rupture the latex pellets and lead to acute cocaine toxicity.

The indictment charges Allen with two counts: importation of 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. If convicted, she faces up to 40 years in prison on each count.

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