New Jersey Woman Is Sentenced to Seven Years in Russia Prison for Less than Ten Grams
A New Jersey Native from Fair Lawn was sentenced to more than seven years in a russian prison after she was found for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana in her luggage at a Moscow International Airport, report says.
Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for possessing 9.5 grams of marijuana. This amount would carry a maximum sentence of six months behind bars with a $1000 fine in New Jersey. – According to the New York Post
The Post Reported, In Russia, possessing more than 6 grams is a criminal offense.
The Fair Lawn woman Issachar, who had moved to Israel, was on her way back from India when she was stopped and found with the marijuana in her luggage. She was then handed the hefty prison sentence, the Post reported.
Rather than justice being served, Issachar’s sister Liad Goldberg believes that she is being used as a bargaining chip by russia. She believes they want to use her sister to trade for jailed Russian hacker Alexei Burkov, who was arrested in Israel in 2015. Burkov is awaiting extradition to the United States, the report says.