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Marijuana may put Army wife in prison

Date Posted: 2008-09-05

An Army spouse has pleaded guilty to having her husband ship marijuana from the United States to her address here in Okinawa, and is now waiting for a judge to decide her fate.

Christa L. Leavell’s husband mailed marijuana to her Torii Station post office box more than six months ago, concealed in a jar of peanut butter. The marijuana was discovered by Japanese customs officials working with the military postal system at Camp Kinser’s consolidated post office. The bust was made after officials permitted the package from Colorado to proceed to Leavell’s postal box, where she claimed it and was arrested.

The 30-year-old mother of three—who is also pregnant—faces an eight-month sentence being demanded by the Naha District Prosecutor’s Office prosecutor, Yukio Nakajima. Defense attorney Satoshi Kawamitsu has asked the court for a suspended sentence, saying his client deeply regrets her actions. The court will pass down sentence September 10th.

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