Myrtle McCreath, a Scottish wheelchair-bound woman fresh off of a separation from her husband, grew weary of her days sitting in the house knitting. Her days got a little brighter when she met a man going by the name of John Edwards on Facebook. Their online e-love flourished as the two played online games with and communicated like lovers do. McCreath, 53, even took it upon herself to sell jewelry to help pay medical bills for Edwards’ sick child, regardless of Edwards’ status as manager of a gold mine.
The relationship went to another level after Edwards, a supposed Ghanaian, introduced her to his friend Philip Okoko. McCreath says that Edwards asked that she pick up cleaning fluid for him and Okoko to clean £30 million ($44.8 million) of stained banknotes left to them by relatives. McCreath was promised a fifth of the fortune, but her true reward would be helping her boyfriend move to Scotland so they could start a new life together.
McCreath made her first trip to Melbourne, Australia in December 2013 via Shanghai, China. There, she handed a case over to two strangers named Matthew and Ben. She was hoping to meet Edwards for the first time, but her beau was a no-show. Edwards’ non-presence didn’t deter McCreath from making another trip for her man, this time to Sao Paolo, Brazil in February of last year. She returned to Glasgow, by way of Amsterdam a week later.
McCreath, who’d had a liver transplant the year before, was wheeled off the plane to the arrival area. UK Border Patrol agents searched her bags and found a total of 7.8 pounds of cocaine (around 3.5 kilos) “stashed in around 50 containers, including several tubs of cosmetic creams, 24 different deodorants and two Scooby Doo talcum powder bottles.” The high purity blow was said to be worth £1 million (around $1.5 million). Instead of catching a train to Manchester (which she was supposed to do according to text messages), McCreath was taken into custody. The disabled woman spent a week in custody before making bail.
National Crime Agency personnel discovered that McCreath had been paid 1000 euros for both of the trips. McCreath learned that she had been sold a dream by Brazilian cocaine traffickers. She had her day in court today at the High Court in Glasgow. According to the Daily Record, McCreath told the jury:
“John said that if I took the trip, do what his pal Philip wanted, then we could be together quicker…come back here and have a nice house.
“I feel hurt, damaged. I wish I had not done this.
“I have been so low. I know that if I go in (to jail) everything will be taken away from me.”
When questioned about why she was not suspicious about anything, she said, “Never really dawned on me. I had been ill, wanted to go on a wee holiday and they were paying for it.”
McCreath was sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime. Lord Bonomy, the presiding judge, said that he reduced her sentence from the double digits due to her health issues. He said:
“I have to make sure that the people behind these crimes do not manipulate naive individuals like yourself, who provide great cover going through an airport in a wheelchair.
“I have to deter the big boys as well as the smaller individuals, who might be tempted by the money on offer.”