Woman refused bail in pumpkin drug affair
Published Friday, November 1, 2013 7:49PM EDT
MONTREAL - More details were revealed in court Friday concerning a woman's alleged attempt to smuggle drugs into Canada in hollowed-out pumpkins.
Mercedes Jerez-Farias was in court to face charges following the discovery of two kilograms of cocaine stashed inside of three pumpkins.
The woman, 26, moved to Canada alone in 2006 and became a Canadian citizen in 2011.
Her 43-year-old estranged husband apparently helped her move to Canada and said Friday that he would be willing to mortgage his home to help fund her legal defence, if required.
Jerez-Farias, who works as a hairdresser, left for a week-long visit to Haiti on October 23.
She has refused to cooperate with the investigation and a prosecutor argued against granting her bail, saying that her extensive history of travel to such places as the United States and Dominican Republic prove her to be a flight risk.
Justice Lori Weirzman did not grant the woman bail, so she will stay behind bars for the moment as she awaits her trial on charges of drug smuggling and possession.
The CBSA says that since the beginning of 2013, Montreal's airport has had 173 drug seizures. Ten of those involved cocaine — with roughly 44 kilos seized.