In 2015, Ms. Sharma, an indigenous woman, pleaded guilty to importing 1.97 kilograms of cocaine worth around $130,000. She confessed that her partner had promised to pay her $20,000 to bring the substance into Canada in her suitcase. She was arrested and charged with importing over one kilogram of a prohibited substance. By way of background, she was 20 years old at the time, with no criminal history. She was a single mom and faced the possibility of homelessness, so she agreed to import the drugs. Her grandmother was a residential school survivor and her mother had spent time in foster care. Ms. Sharma had been sexually assaulted and had dropped out of school for financial difficulties.