Possession of cocaine in Haiti: a Quebec re parole

francine-desormeaux-ete-arretee-aeroportA fifties who had been sentenced to 15 years in jail in Haiti for possession of cocaine and had been repatriated for humanitarian reasons in Quebec to finish his sentence got his parole there a few days.

In the fall of 2012, La Presse met Francine Desormeaux in the women’s prison in Pétionville, where she said through hell and she has tried four times to end his days, according to the decision of the Parole Board Conditional of Canada (PBC) issued on 7 July.

It was in May 2014 that the 52 year-old woman was repatriated to serve the remainder of his sentence in a penitentiary in Quebec, following an intervention of the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre.

Francine Desormeaux was arrested in Port-au-Prince airport in March 2011 with 1 kg of cocaine hidden in a lined panties. According to the decision of the Commission, Ms. Desormeaux, who was a woman without a history, it would have to “render service to the wife of his employer” of the time.

The latter, Victor Dejean, former owner of Cristina Buffet and Pavillon Marquette, a retirement home, and his ex-wife, Merlande of which were arrested in April and face charges of conspiracy and importation of cocaine from Haiti. According to the lawsuit, these plots have involved three former employees of the couple, including Ms. Desormeaux.

In December 2009, Dejean Victor himself and his brother Abel were arrested in Port-au-Prince airport as they were about to fly to Montreal with more than 1 kg of cocaine. They were imprisoned in the penitentiary of Port-au-Prince.

But they have fled when the prison collapsed in the earthquake of 12 January following and returned to Montreal with a humanitarian flight.

Not the first time

Interestingly, according to the decision of the PBC, Ms. Desormeaux had already made ​​the same kind of service to his former employer in a previous trip to Haiti in 2009 and would not have got caught.

As part of an accelerated parole review, the Commission comes to the conclusion that Ms. Desormeaux has managed several programs in prisons, the risk of recurrence in a similar offense and its social danger are low and its reintegration potential is high.

Ms. Desormeaux should, however, respect the conditions by the end of his sentence. It will prevent any person involved knows or suspected of involvement in criminal activities and employment.

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