Former actor and model Chatchaya Cuesta Ramos, better known as Yuyee, sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Criminal Court on Thursday for smuggling cocaine from Vietnam
BANGKOK – The Criminal Court has sentenced a once famous model to 15 years in prison and fined her 1.5 million baht.
Former Thai-Spanish model Chatchada Cuesta Ramos, who is more widely known as “Yuyee” Alissa Inthusmith, has been charged with trafficking 251 mg cocaine into Thailand after she was returning from a trip to Vietnam.
Ms. Ramos denied the allegations and stated that a passenger from the plane had given her an empty chocolate tube. However, she was unaware that the tube had been stuffed with cocaine.
The court dismissed her alibi by saying that it was impossible for somebody to willingly receive an unknown item from a stranger without checking what was inside it.
According to the Narcotics Control Act B.E 2522 (1979), the punishment for trafficking illegal drugs is a 20 year prison-term and a 2 million baht fine. However, since the defendant later provided useful testimony on the case, her sentenced had been reduced by one-fourth to 15 years in prison and a 1.5 million baht fine instead.
Ms. Ramos was also found guilty of being involved in the illegal wildlife trade; she would receive a three-month jail-term for it.