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UPDATED: St. Lucian woman sentenced after trying to smuggle £52,000 worth of cocaine through Gatwick

By theargus.co.uk

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Tia Clement


THE ARGUS (UK) –
A WOMAN has been sentenced to two years in prison after she tried to smuggle more than £50,000 worth of cocaine through Gatwick.

Tadia Clement, 23, was stopped by Border Force officers at Gatwick on 5 September after she arrived on a flight from St Lucia.

After searches, officers recovered 291g of cocaine from her person which had been concealed internally – forensic tests indicate the drugs had a street value of £52,000.

Clement, a St Lucian national, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on 30 October after pleading guilty to the importation of a class A drug.

Following the arrest by Border Force the investigation and prosecution were carried out by the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command.

Carole Upshall, Border Force regional director, said: “This was an excellent seizure and I would like to pay tribute to the Border Force officers who play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs every day.

“We work closely with law enforcement colleagues, including the NCA, to prevent drug trafficking and do all we can to put those responsible behind bars.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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93 comments

  1. She is not the first and she will not be the last lift goes on.Know one it perfect.God will for give her and she be ok.

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  2. She has earned herself a criminal record, this is sad.

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  3. The comments we put more hurts our country than what she did cause the shit we put up on there the world is reading not good broadcast for our little country st.lucia just have a think of what I am saying I live England an I do watch what going online here from lucia so let get real people non of us perfect keep the country crime free please an see the benefits cause this country is getting worst on the map soon an we are to small minded cause we all are one nation one people one colour beautiful sea an sand an the most beautiful sunset so please share love an not gossip thanks much

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  4. Christopher Ferdinand Mule

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  5. When you want to put weave like that and do manicure and pedicure,and all that to look good, but ccc not your thing....you will....sip sip sip none of my business.

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  6. Vacancy available

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  7. When she return to st.lucia, they should jail her behind again.

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    • be careful honey what you wish for people we never know when trouble will knock on our door dont spit in the air it might fall back righ io your face.Have mercy on your fellow neighbours

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  8. we all do crime in our daily life,we just havent been caught,life goes on...some of us calling kettle black when we are pot on wood fire...we just have to pray an be thankful...

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    • She must be your relative, or is it for you she went and sell? Maybe you commit crimes in your daily life.
      I for one have never committed a crime. I have no reason to because i've been working since i was fifteen years old and i'm fifty one and not in the best of health. It's jealousy and laziness that causes these people to do this.

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  9. My god lie down but he aint sleeping by the grace of de almighty u will be find

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  10. She walk in her father's footstep, one of st lucia, s notorious criminal what else do you expect.my people when you see the criminal coming with their dirty money close your legs chances are your kids might take 99.9 percent of their dirty genes.

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    • Take note of the hotline number at the end of the article 0800 59 5000. Turn them in you may stand to gain a few pounds for doing so.

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  11. All the illegal immigrants abusing the system are the ones running their mouths most! You do the crime..so you have to do the time!

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  12. no one is perfect, but my girl you should be more careful next time. lol. jus so u go and get yourself in that situation? kfc, and rubis has vacancies lol

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  13. St.lucians learn to forgive she did the crime now she is doing the time she has to ask god forgiveness we all learn from our mistakes It least they know who the big guys are think of it Lucia go easy on her

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  14. OK so all of us lucian's on her back how she stupid,people like her that causing them to put visa for us etc. Let me ask one question. How many of you guys have been living a perfect life free of mistakes? the answer to that is NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! She made a mistake and have regretted it. We all make mistakes. why do we stone others when they do? Please understand that i am not saying shes right she is definitely wrong this is why she is in jail but my fellow st.lucians you cant Judge her because she sinned differently than you . My girl life goes on, We all make mistakes. God knows and sees your heart . I wish you well and will remember you in my prayers not just because i know you but because you need prayers . Time flies and you will soon be home . Let no one treat you different because of the decision you made.

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    • Agree with that Sister. You could swear they all live the perfect life, free of mistakes, always quick to judge.

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    • @ Proud St.Lucian and those on this blog using the word MISTAKE : What She Did is A CRIME . ................. .. Please Note A Mistake Is : : When I Send U To The Shop To Buy FLOUR - And U Bought SUGAR . That's a mistake . PLEASE CORRECT ME IF THIS STATEMENT IS WRONG . ............. OH ! A / B add your 2 SENSE .

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  15. very few of you have asked yourselves what is the ecoonomic conditins of this young woman but beating what god has given to us all particularly yall lucinas.

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    • I agree with your sentiments but disagree with the part "Yall Lucians"..I would imagine you fall into the category since I believe you are a lucian too...Stop categorizing people based on the sentiments of less thatn .001% of the population.

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    • @Freeer what economic condition you talking about is Cocaine the answer and solution to the problem?some people just want to have things at the speed of light they rather sever their conscience and to anything for material gain. all is vanity

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  16. two years NOT enough!

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  17. TYPICAL Lucians 4eva casting nd judging like their f##kin life is better what shame she brought to st lucia this is survival she just fail shut y'all azzez ok nd think bout the f##kin crimes here now damn azzes leave the girl alone

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  18. Very, very stupid woman. Hope your salop pemp help getting you out. Get a job don't shame st lucia like that.

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  19. shame on her! she's very pretty and smart i'm sure. uk did not give her enough time behind bars...10-15 yrs instead. she needs to get her education and work for what she needs. please make st lucia proud not shame.

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  20. nice girl like you moving bricks...you could be my future wife 🙁

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  21. For a young woman like u, why should u mess up your life and give your country a bad name, people like u should be put in prison till you all die. Let the drug dealers do their dirty work, for a few dollars u are messing up your whole life. I am 45 years old and I have never taken illegal drugs in my life.

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  22. baron...lol...smfh.that wasn't any mistake.beautiful girl i remember her from soufriere comprehensive.graduated one year before me.u should have known better hun..it's time women start working hard for the moneys.but baby u are in my prayers

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  23. Wel need visa because of the what the malaways doing and ghetto ppl I hate them how god create such

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    • i wonder who more malaway. you or the so called malaways. you seem to be a snotty ass. this is not the first time you have made an outrageously asinine comment as such. Get off the poor peoples news sight.

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    • everything is malaway and getto people for yourl. choops . there are good and educated people in the getto as well as the malaways who dont let their background mess up their future.

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  24. is assholes like you that f ing it up for the rest of us legit people yall going and do yall salopte and is us the good people name that spoiling and have to pay for it by going to extreme measures to get visa and all kind a crap that didn't have to be intended. CHOOPS

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  25. U Lucians are so small minded like ull have never done anything wrong. Who are u to judge. Worry about ull own crosses. Leave the girl be, she is facing her purnishment for what she has done. I hope ull have time to ask god for forgiveness for ull own sins. Choops. U people never change my god. Who is without sin cast the first stone. STOP JUDGING and mind ull BUSINESS.

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  26. they catch the mule i will try a horse

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  27. All of you all doing it is only when the small man do it you all have a problem(hypocrites)

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  28. At least she can say she been foreign, and will have an english accent when she return

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  29. lucian/uk resident

    Some people never learn,what maje you think you won't be caught,,you may have done it before and got away with it but remember the saying..one day you will be caught...anyway there are many other lucian in UK prisons for similar crimes....enjoy your Christmas dinner

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  30. Hear this she got two years because as we speak we've gotten the name of the person who put her up to this we are coming to get you ! Don't worry we know exactly what vehicle and and house and all th parties involved ! The police of st Lucia can't clean up the mess well we're coming to clean it up for you ! Take note!

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  31. She must not travel regular.. to be unaware of the severity of the security system these days... Dam fool. You now have a international record on your head, sitting in a prison cell and the owner of the drugs in some bar with some other chick having fun or in some other county luxuriating...How them pickney foo-fool so..?

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  32. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THESE LUCIANS!!

    YOU GOT, STREET CRED BABY !!

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  33. All u making comments about her ...cast the first stone if u have never tried to do anything and failed.. I am not saying that she has the right but ..non of us are perfect..such is life my girl.. God is good

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  34. Unbelievable, shame on you, CERTIFIED LOWLIFE, get a job and get a life. 2 years is no time for such a crime.SMH EMBARRASSING

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  35. She's just following what the crooks did for centuries. The Britsh monarchy and the the Spanish monarchy were all drug dealers and smugglers including the USA. They distory the life of the Chinese with the opium heroine and coke. I've never been a fun or Europeans never have never will. For some of you hypocrites running around here playing high and mighty. You'll need to go seat some where.

    The biggest criminals wear suits and do the most harm to humanity. How dare you'll cast stones at her. I don't support drugs but one have to ask them self where did the drugs come from and how did it get to st.lucia Lucians don't own planes and so one must not be so quick to judge anyone.

    I hate the British the most and I never have love for their wicked system. I will never be part of thier organize crime movement and they stay far from me and my people I don't give a damn how anyone feels about my comment this is how I feel about this whole situation and she's still a good person who made a bad judgment everyone who's pelting stones at her right now I hope that you'll do no wrong for the rest of you'll lives.

    The oppressors have condition us to hate our own and love them no matter what. I for one will never forgive nor forget those wicked Europeans and the carnage they put my ancestors through how dare they turn around and call us criminals and murderers and drug dealers. Is the the pot.calling the kettle black. These Kokizoids better stay far from me and my people with their in breed self me and them can never be friends.fire for the whole of Europe.

    And I mean that.i will never forgive nor forget the wickedness that was done to my ancestors. Now if you'll don't like my comments get at me let me chew you'll faces with more knowledge. I will never have love for my arch enemies just know that.

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  36. Nice eyebrows.Sorry it won't be getting waxed for two years..

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  37. Who's sorry now.....I'm sure she's asking herself why did I put myself in such terrible situation? My question is who was she carrying so much drugs to and what was her cut? Well you make your own bed so lay in it and think about it. I wonder how she will feel entering St.Lucia after she is deported from London she has alot on her plate.

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  38. My girl that not the end of the world life go on

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  39. Choops mwen far shay

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  40. Gasa being a mule is an effing risk, look now da police will put visa for looshans. Tadia? U eh know u everybody in loosha have if one or two relatives in England, choose......

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  41. The Lord's Prayer. Forgive us as we forgive them? Lets hope the Lord don't take us seriously....: Let us do what our prayer says.love your Lucians as you Love yourself. As Ric says, Stop The HypoCrassy.

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  42. How did she pass through st lucia immgration. Heads must begin to roll. I hope Kenny is listening.

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  43. THINGS HARD YOU KNOW. GOT TO TRY SOM'N

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  44. Does it worth it Tadia? Look to God he will come to you and will hear your heart's desire.

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  45. I can't imagine myself engaging in such activities, the thought of not having access to the internet if incarcerated alone for me is a deterrent.

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  46. After all the stories published in the media about people being caught, it still seems that nobody is learning. I bet they'll stop if immigration/police just line them and shoot them instead of sending them to prison. I'm not suggesting that immigration/police do such a thing, I find people to be sooooo stupid.

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  47. This to shall pass. Be strong the Lord is in control.

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  48. Fool them always brings down the name of the country

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  49. My my young lady u mess up your life for that shit. Smh Let them bloddy drug dealers do their transporting themselves. What percentage of that was yours 1% to zero. People think.

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  50. its like they caught her today...same week she done get her punishment...i call that a speedy trial....st lucia...should seek expert advice from the UK on how to conduct speedy trials too

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  51. the things we do for money.what if she had died trying to smuggle drugs. that would be really sad. better luck next time. I hope your family come and see you in england jail house. youre such an a_hole.

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  52. They court you .right in st.Lucia police are getting a way with that and the big boys and the small boys are getting court

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  53. A young girl like you is a drug mule.WHY NOT GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT?Soon we will need a visa to visit all because of people like you.You should have been jail for 10 years.Stupid!!

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  54. Sorry my girl u will never do that again stupid.

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  55. job well done

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  56. The British Government should throw away the keys. How dare she to bring such shame to my Country and people,

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  57. Two years? Only? How dreadfully lenient!!

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  58. 2yrs,that's about right for a mule...She probably snitched to get that...Mules who snitch usually get soft sentences,2 yrs will mean she'll be out in about 9-13 months or so....So for you slow dummies out there,here's how it works,they know who gave her the drugs.That person's name will be on their system as well as who she was supposed to drop it for....Now don't think the person's name she came up on is the person she was supposed to drop the shipment for...She'll be out but she won't be ever trusted again.

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  59. I know that girl all the style they playing is cocaine they smuggling though thEiR **** hope others learn don't hang your hat where your hands cannot reach.

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  60. She got a slap on da risk coz is usually 10 to 15 yrs 4 class A drug offences wow another scar on beautiful SLU just because she didn't want to work hard like regular back breaking Lucians sa bon pu cho ee.

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  61. WOW SUCH A BEAUTIFUL GIRL, GOING AND THROW HER LIFE AWAY ..SAD....

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  62. 22222222222222222222

    salop.......

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  63. U will learn. Work HARD for what u WANT. Ur'll like to many material things. See where easy money put u. Sa BONS!

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  64. What a shame.

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  65. nice eyebrows...

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  66. Ure not the first nor the last sweety.....God is good.....ure in our prayers

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  67. Soon it will be required for us to get a VISA to go the UK.... sad..

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