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Drug-smuggling granny 'did it to stay active'

Published: 24 Aug 2012 11:26 GMT+02:00

The Düsseldorf judge who jailed the 76-year-old for two-and-half years on Thursday rejected the image of her as a sick old lady, saying she was robust, and should go to prison.

The woman confessed to having a regular run, collecting cannabis in the Dutch border town of Venlo, near North Rhine-Westphalia, and dropping it with dealers in Düsseldorf and Dortmund.

She delivered around 1,000 kilos over five years in a drug smuggling career which she said started accidentally in 2006. Her car had broken down near Venlo and two men stopped and helped her get up and running - before asking whether she would take some washing powder containers over into Germany.

Initially the men reimbursed her for fuel, but once the drug runs had become regular, they paid her up to €700 per trip.

She said she usually took between two and three kilos of cannabis which had been hidden in boxes and gym bags, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

“My client was acting under no criminal impetus,” the woman's lawyer told the judge.

Not only had members of the drugs ring put so much pressure on her to carry on making the journeys, meaning she found it almost impossible to break free, but the driving kept her mobile in old age, the lawyer argued.

The judge dismissed this argument, saying the woman was “a really robust pensioner,” who suffered from manageable conditions.

Due to the fact that she was knowingly smuggling drugs, the idea of giving her a suspended sentence to spare her prison would give “completely the wrong signal,” she said.

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Your comments about this article

12:13 August 24, 2012 by raandy
Sorry for ya Granny. The problem is when you start making a little easy illicit money it is hard to give it up.

The German Gov. only problem with cannabis is that they are not collecting taxes.
13:04 August 24, 2012 by SeoKungFu
Isn't it related that the current sad state of human affairs goes hand in hand with demonizing a plant?
13:41 August 24, 2012 by raben
In this aspect Germany is still a very underdeveloped, backwards and uninformed country I am afraid.
15:19 August 24, 2012 by Teddy/agnes
you can kills kids in Germany and get away with it,but not drugs, you go to jail because no taxes were payed,if omi pay tax for the drug money no jail time.
15:42 August 24, 2012 by Strictly
@Teddy/agnes

How is killing crime different from a drug crime.Are both crimes? It's only in Europe you can get away with such crime.
16:22 August 24, 2012 by disease
You can get medicinal cannabis oil legally here in Germany (just pay the €10 per month). My husband takes it for his cancer (we're hoping that it will get rid of it as stated by Rick Simpson of pheonix tears). To start with he did get very high, but now he just feels a little groggy at times.
16:32 August 24, 2012 by Wobinidan
Another dangerous criminal off the streets. What a stupid waste of taxpayer's money.
17:40 August 24, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Meanwhile this harmless old lady goes to jail costing needless tax dollars whilst at the same time the German government is buying stolen date from Switzerland encouraging data theft. Germany is becoming more and more a police state with less and less democratic parliamentary power. Glad I didn't take the German citizenship. Don't want to have any obligations to the nanny.
23:46 August 24, 2012 by ulrike clarke
This old dear has shown real entrepreneurial spririt in these tough economic times.....when she comes out of jail, will she accept my offer to train my teenage kids who are currently struggling to find jobs?
00:06 August 25, 2012 by IchBinKönig
She should have just switched to smuggling concentrate. Its so small an amount, I bet they wouldn't have even found it. It won't be long til Europe catches on to 'Dabs'. Its all anybody talks about on the West Coast. Time to do a Dab.
10:54 August 25, 2012 by malcolmkyle
The United States re-legalized certain drug use in 1933. The drug was alcohol, and the 21st amendment re-legalized its production, distribution and sale. Both alcohol consumption and violent crime dropped immediately as a result, and very soon after, the American economy climbed out of that same prohibition engendered abyss into which it had foolishly fallen.
18:37 August 27, 2012 by Siskokid
Could they have put more time into the people she was doing this for. They seem to have been strong arming her to do so. Justice, what justice, they will just find someone else to do take her place. Stupid, very stupid. Oh, but pot is still illegal in Germaina, order nein?
12:26 August 30, 2012 by raandy
The biggesT failure of the past century,"The Drug War", failed, there are more drugs on the street today than 20 years ago.

The only success for the USA is the removal of civil liberties and greater control by the authorities, all in the disguise of a better world.
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