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Lewisham Care Worker Arrested in Jamaica for Alleged Drug Smuggling

A Lewisham care worker, 53-year-old Mitzie Graham, has reportedly been arrested at an airport in Jamaica under allegations of attempting to smuggle cocaine into London. Officials allegedly found over £100,000 worth of drugs concealed within powdered drink tins in her luggage.

The arrest took place on January 18 at Norman Manley International Airport as Mitzie attempted to board a flight to London. Officials reportedly discovered approximately 4.8 kilograms of cocaine with a street value exceeding $20 million (Jamaican) or roughly £114,000, hidden within tins of Lasco drink powder.

Family and friends of Mitzie Graham maintain her innocence and claim that she was deceived into transporting the tins of milkshake-like drink powder in her suitcase. They assert that the person who asked her to do so has been secretly recorded admitting that the tins belonged to her.

Mitzie’s sister, Karlene Watson, residing in Sydenham, has identified her as the arrested individual and initiated an online crowdfunding appeal. The appeal includes a statement attributed to Mitzie, in which she expressed her shock and confusion over the situation, stating, “When presented with the evidence, my heart sank, and I just remember cold sweats taking over my body. I just blanked out.”

Karlene described her sister as a single mother who had traveled to Jamaica during Christmas to visit her older son, who has been wheelchair-bound following an accident. She emphasized Mitzie’s generous nature, often bringing Jamaican treats back to the UK for friends.

Mitzie, who is diabetic and requires multiple daily insulin injections, expressed an urgent need for financial and medical assistance on the fundraising webpage. To date, just over £2,800 has been raised to support her.

Protests have erupted in Lewisham since Mitzie’s arrest, with demonstrators demanding her release and justice. The Foreign Office stated it could not provide assistance since Mitzie is not a British citizen.

Despite the ongoing protests and allegations, authorities in Jamaica have not responded to inquiries regarding the case, leaving Mitzie’s fate uncertain as the investigation continues.

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