As 22 year old Adelaide woman Cassie Sainsbury’s story continues to develop – hit107’s Amos, Cat & Angus spoke to author of Marching Powder, Rusty Young who lived in Botega for eight years and spent time voluntarily inside prison his book.
He describes the jails in South America as overcrowded, filthy and corrupt. The original design capacity was for 1,200 inmates, now there’s 2,000 living there, and many of them have children as well.
Young says fortunately for Ms Sainsbury he believes the conditions aren’t as dangerous as the men’s prisons. El Buen Pastor jail, where she is being held for trafficking 5.8 kilograms of cocaine, thankfully is not known as a violent prison.
The main issues she’d be facing is being a long way from family and friends, not speaking the language and obviously the extreme shock of being accused of trafficking drugs.
Rusty questions Cassie’s versions of events as they don’t align with how drug rings operate. If you were planting $1.7M of drugs in someone s baggage how were you intending to recover the drugs back in Australia?
He continues to describe it as a rather foolish way of trafficking drugs, to plant them on someone unknowingly, what if she opened the package before she got in the plane?
It’s not to say that her story is impossible but she’s facing a difficult set of circumstances to prove her version.
Once you enter El Dorado airport, two questions are always asked – did you pack your own bags? And were you handed any packages by people in the last few days? Once you’ve answered those questions you are legally responsible for the contents of your own bag.
Rusty adds, this is definitely not a professional drug cartel behind this, they don’t use mules through airports.
More to come…
Add to your reading list: Marching Powder – A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine and South America’s Strangest Jail by Rusty Young
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