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American Woman Sentenced To 10 Years On Cocaine Charge

February 13, 1988

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) _ A 39-year-old American woman was sentenced to 10 ears of hard labor for the attempted smuggling of seven ounces of cocaine, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

Anita Bennie Lee Temidayo, 39, of Washington, D.C., was arrested at Lagos Airport with her Nigerian husband in December 1986 while preparing to board a Pan American Airways flight to the United States, the agency said.

Mrs. Temidayo, who was sentenced Friday, confessed to the attempted smuggling but said her husband, Olurunmi Temidayo, was not involved. The Lagos Miscellaneous Offenses Tribunal acquitted Temidayo.

The tribunal said it could not grant Mrs. Temidayo’s request to serve the sentence in the United States, saying the decision must be made by the Federal Military Authorities. She told the tribunal she was suffering from hypertension and high blood pressure.

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