A judge sentenced a Malaysian woman Friday to eight years in prison for smuggling cocaine from Brazil into Australia.
Customs officers arrested Ramia Binti Jimson, 46, at Brisbane International Airport a year ago after finding more than four pounds (almost two kilograms) of cocaine hidden beneath a false bottom of her suitcase.
Prosecutor Glen Rice told the Queensland state Supreme Court on Friday that Jimson had been selected for a random bag search on arrival from Brazil.
Defense lawyer Dennis Lynch said Jimson, who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, was offered $2,000 to smuggle the drugs, which police estimate had a street value of more than $1.3 million.
Jimson planned to use the money to improve her poverty-stricken life outside Kuala Lumpur, Lynch told the court.
Judge Peter Lyons sentenced a tearful Jimson to eight years in prison without the possibility of parole for four years and six months.She had faced a potential life sentence.