A 23-year-old Colombian model was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday and ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 yuan (£2,284) after being caught carrying cocaine in Guangzhou, China.
Juliana Lopez, winner of a Colombian beauty pageant, seemed to have the world at her feet, running a trendy boutique and hosting a television show as well as being a well-known professional football player.
She was allegedly on her way to buy items for her shop on July 18, 2015, when she was discovered at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport with the powder inside a plastic bag, hidden inside her laptop.
Chinese media have reported that she was carrying 610 grams of white powder which when tested was 49 percent cocaine.
She was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug smuggling and ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 yuan (£2,284) by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on July 25, according Chinese state-run media.
When Ms Lopez was first arrested, it was thought that she could face a death penalty.
The court verdict stated that she had ‘pleaded guilty to a good attitude’, said Chinese state media.
Ms Lopez was given the lowest sentence possible.