SURABAYA, Indonesia: A British woman was jailed for 14 years on Wednesday but escaped the death penalty after admitting that she smuggled crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia from China.
Andrea Waldeck, a former police worker, was found guilty and sentenced at the court in the city of Surabaya, in the east of Indonesia’s main island of Java.
The sentence was lower than prosecutors’ recommendation of 16 years for the 43-year-old, who had smuggled 1.5 kilograms (three pounds) of crystal meth into Indonesia.
She could have received the death sentence for smuggling that quantity of drugs under Indonesian anti-narcotics laws, which are some of the toughest in the world.
“Andrea Waldeck has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of offering to sell or become a middle person to sell drugs,” said presiding judge Faturrachman, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
He handed her a 14-year sentence and ordered her to pay a two-billion-rupiah (around $167,000) fine.
Waldeck admitted at a previous hearing that she had smuggled the drugs into Indonesia, arriving at Surabaya airport from China.
In a hearing earlier this month, she said was ashamed of her actions.
She was arrested in April at a hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city, according to her indictment.
She had arrived a day earlier at the city’s airport from China and managed to get past security with the drugs concealed in four plastic packages inside her underwear, the indictment said.