Know how a mother became a drug mule in Canada.
( August 18,2009 ) In a related news article published August 19, 2009 by People's Tonight and written by Efren Montano with trainee, Miss Diane Camille Two overseas Filipino workers (OFW) working as teachers were nabbed by operatives of the National bureau of Investigation (NBI) after they were reportedly used by big- time international drug syndicate as "mule" or courier in delivering some P-8 million worth of heroin to China, the bureau reported yesterday.
Sheri is a mother, a wife, a daughter. She is a caregiver.
And she is a convict.
Dressed in her hospital scrubs, hair neatly gathered in a ponytail, she says agreeing to smuggle drugs into Canada might have been one of the worst decisions she’s ever made.
Becoming a drug mule was a stupid decision made in desperation — a desperation preceded by illness, prescription drug addiction and worrying financial difficulties. They’re all problems that many of us could at any point fall victim to.
Although her name has been changed to protect her identity, Sheri says the series of decisions she made that led her to the point where she lost everything were not well thought out. But she doesn’t blame anyone but herself. The drug abuse, a dependency many are driven to commit crimes to satisfy, is a character flaw she takes full responsibility for.
“You can use that as an excuse, but it’s not a good one.”
She doesn’t blame anyone for her time in jail. But she says those bad decisions ultimately saved her life.
“I’m glad I got caught,” she says.
In July 2007, Sheri, then 33, was living a rather conventional life with her husband and daughter. But behind the scenes, the family was struggling desperately to make ends meet.
Her husband worked seasonally. Sheri was bringing in $1,300 monthly in Ontario disability support payments for a number of afflictions she’s been dealing with for years, namely fibromyalgia.
Rent was $1,000, which left $300 for groceries, car payments and bills.
Most people run into financial troubles at some point. Sheri admits most of those people don’t resort to drug smuggling to earn an extra buck.
She was doing her best to earn money legitimately, working occasionally for one of Ottawa’s school boards as a secretarial and educational assistant. But it didn’t do much to put a dent in the tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt they owed.
“Financially we were in a rough spot,” she says. “I was also up to 40 milligrams a day of oxycontin (to manage the fibromyalgia) and I was also shopping outside of my own prescription because I’d become an addict.”
When her doctor’s prescription wasn’t enough, Sheri was on the streets, borrowing from friends, soliciting anyone who had prescription drugs to offer.
Even her husband didn’t know how out of control she was. “I was leaving home. I’d say I’m going here, going there, but really I was looking for more drugs.
“Anything that was a narcotic that would help ease my pain. At least that’s what I thought they were going to do. Basically, all it did was get me in a lot of trouble,” she says.
Sheri’s sister Lorraine, 35 at the time, was also in a bit of trouble. She had fallen in with a group of friends many considered seedy at best.
“She thought they were her friends,” says the pair’s mother Noreen.
Sheri says the friends were all involved in organized crime. Lorraine was attracted to…READ MORE HERE.