At the Eastern Magistrates Court in Hong Kong, a 38-year-old Filipina asylum seeker has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs.
Sharon V.B, a former domestic worker who is now an asylum seeker, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking after police found her in possession of 12.55 grams of methamphetamine and 0.39 grams of marijuana, hongkongnews.com reported.
The defendant was arrested last year outside the subdivided flat where she lived in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.
Officers found the illegal drugs, with an estimated street value of HK$12,000 (US$1,529), in her jacket. They also found electronic scales and more resealable plastic bags inside the flat.
The prosecutor told the court that during the police investigation, the defendant initially claimed that the drugs were for her own consumption.
However, upon being shown the electronic scales and resealable packs, she refused to answer further questions and would not say where the drugs came from or where she was taking them at the time of her arrest.
The defendant reportedly sobbed uncontrollably in court as the details of the charges against her were read out.
When the interpreter asked her at least six times if she was pleading guilty, she continued crying until Judge Cheng Lim-Chi asked her again, and she said: “Okay.”
The judge later asked if her plea was voluntary and the former domestic worker answered that it was.
The defendant was remanded in jail pending sentencing in the High Court.
According to Hong Kong law, any person who traffics in a dangerous drug shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$5 million and imprisonment for life.