Drug mule sent to prison

Kathryn Kimberley

A DRUG mule caught at Port Elizabeth Airport carrying cocaine with a street value of R7.2-million sobbed as the court sentenced her to eight years in prison yesterday. Adri Slabbert, 40, of Despatch, hung her head and cried when magistrate Johan Potgieter delivered the sentence in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court.

Defence attorney Paul Roelofse said although they had anticipated a direct term of imprisonment, Slabbert, who was also sickly, was very emotional.

The tall, thin woman will serve her sentence at Fort Glamorgan prison in East London.

Slabbert, a divorced mother of three, was arrested on arrival at the Port Elizabeth Airport in November 2010 after the Hawks received a tip-off that she was carrying drugs from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Police discovered about 4kg of cocaine in her suitcase.

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