Malaysian duo jailed over $1.3m bust

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TWO Malaysian women caught in Western Australia with $1.3 million in cash linked to organised crime have each been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Yoke Peng Oon and Han Yueh Hew were arrested and charged in June last year.

Oon had recruited Hew to participate in the criminal enterprise but neither woman knew how the money was obtained or who it was going to, the WA District Court heard on Thursday.

Judge Michael Bowden accepted the women were remorseful and would face additional hardship in prison by being away from family.

But he also told them, via an interpreter, that general deterrence was a significant sentencing factor.

Oon was sentenced to three years and nine months behind bars, while Hew was sentenced to three years and three months in jail.

Both women must serve at least half their sentence before they can be eligible for parole.

Two other people involved in the crime were previously jailed.