Kevin L. Hoover
ILLINOIS – A 61-year-old Arcata proprietor trafficked to New Hampshire final week to revisit her 85-year-old mother, presumably for a final time. The subsequent day, she surrendered to authorities in Ottowa, Illinois to start portion a six-year jail sentence.
Suza Lamber Bowser, many recently famous as a artistic designer behind a eccentric film Flea, had been arrested for transporting about 100 pounds of cannabis by LaSalle County on Feb. 16, 2012. She was charged with possession of pot with vigilant to broach and pot trafficking, both of that lift a imperative judgment underneath Illinois law.
In a negotiated defence deal, Bowser, 61 certified to carrying 12 pounds of pot valued during $33,000, and was condemned to 6 years in prison. With good behavior, she could offer half that time, followed by 3 years supervision.
Bowser was systematic to compensate $36,100 in fines and costs, reduction a $15,000 money bond she had put adult for her bail. The rest is to be paid within one year of her recover from prison. She dispossessed a engine home she was pushing when arrested as good as $25,840 money she had been carrying.
Bowser told mywebtimes.com contributor Dan Churney that a detain had busted her finances, causing her and her father to get a divorce in sequence to apart him from her financial consequences. She pronounced it was a initial time she had trafficked in cannabis.
She’ll initial be jailed in Dwight Correctional Center, a maximum-security trickery for women. She hopes to be eliminated to a minimu-security Decatur Correctional Center.
Last Thursday night, on a eve of her jail spell, Bowser was spritually girding herself for tough time. “Everything’s crazy, yet I’m in a good place,” she said. “It’s surreal to me.”
Her unsentimental concerns ranged from a surpassing to a artistic to a trivial.
Bowser’s biggest source of agonise was her inability to console her 3 children. “That’s my series one unpleasant feeling,” she said. “I have harm my children.”
She pronounced she foresaw artistic opportunities in a appearing ordeal, and was combining adult ideas for expressing her jail experiences. “I feel like I’m on a brnk of this Michael Moore adventure,” she said. “I don’t wish to give divided a pretension of my book.”
Bowser’s detain follows an rising trend formerly remarkable by Arcata Police, where locals are intercepted easterly of California, mostly in a Midwest, transporting vast amounts of cannabis, money or both. Sometimes, yet not in Bowser’s case, a out-of-state detain leads behind to a grow residence behind in and around Arcata.
Bowser characterized a LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Felony Enforcement (SAFE) section as a rapacious entity that targets passers-through. SAFE, she said, wrangles supports for LaSalle County around item damage as partial of a profitable, big-business enterprise.
Her authorised mischance started with a right-hand tire of her RV drum over a haze line, giving SAFE an forgive to lift her over. “The subsequent thing we know, I’m sitting in their vehicle,” She lamented.
“The whole complement here is positively corrupt,” she said. “Everybody already knows a deal.”
She pronounced that when she associated her predicament to LaSalle-area cab driver, he told her, “Honey, we would have been improved off going in a bank, sharpened a teller and robbing it.”
Bowser pronounced she could have contested a charges, yet that would have been an expensive, high-risk gamble. “If we was 25, we competence have fought it,” she said. “But we don’t have another 30 grand to put into it. I’ve already forsaken $30,000 into Illinois.”
She pronounced everybody she discussed a box with told her, “If we quarrel it, you’ll lose.” Losing, she said, entailed a 12-year imperative sentence.
Bowser discharged any idea of being a print child for Illinois’ prison-industrial complex. “I’m not Aung San Suu Kyi or Nelson Mandela,” she said. “What we am is only me.”
She pronounced she wanted to enter jail alone, and but slashing goodbyes from family members. “I can be a improved soldier, and some-more dignified,” she said.
She does enter a Big House with a gale-force breeze of well-wishes during her back. She started a blog, suzalambertbowserprison.com, that will be confirmed by her sister. The nascent blog is already installed with expressions of support and support from friends.
“I’m impressed during a tension and love,” she said. “That’s what’s murdering me now.”
One supporter, she said, told her that her jailers would find themselves outmatched by a enthusiastic Northern Californian artistic dynamo. “I’m not certain Illinois knows what it’s gotten itself into with you,” a crony said.
Her near-term emanate was a abominable jail couture she would shortly spend three-plus years wearing. “I hatred orange. we never wear orange,” Bowser said. “And it’s stripes!”