Canadian law student spared jail time for drug trafficking charge

A Canadian law student who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking was spared jail time when she appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.
  
Akalia Grant, 18, was fined more than $300,000 or 12 months in prison.
  
She was arrested on September 4 for possession of more than two pounds of  cocaine at the Norman Manley International Airport.
  
During submissions at the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, her attorney, Peter Champagnie, argued that she was assaulted and forced to transport the drugs to Canada.
  
He said his client had an unblemished record and was recently accepted to study law at York University.

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