Monday 24 September, 2018

Non-national passes out 60 packages and ends up imprisoned

A 30-year-old non-national will serve 18 months in prison. 

Members of the Drug Squad have arrested and formally charged a Jamaican National for a number of drug-related offences which were committed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  He is Bassonia Collister McDermouth.

McDermouth was arrested and charged for:

1.     Possession of Cannabis

2.     Possession with intent to supply;

3.     Trafficking; and

4.     Importation.

He also faces an additional charge for:

5.     Possession of Counterfeit Currency

McDermouth arrived on the island by air on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from Kingston, Jamaica. Having cleared Immigration, he was interviewed by members of the Drug Squad. A subsequent search of his personal effects revealed the counterfeit currency. He was later arrested and referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he passed out a total of 60 packages wrapped in transparent tape each containing Cannabis. He was subsequently charged for the offences.

He appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District ‘B’ Magistrates Court today, Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He pleaded guilty to the drug offences and was fined $4,000.00 forthwith or 18 months in prison for the offence of Trafficking Cannabis. He was convicted Reprimanded and Discharged (CRD) for the remaining drug offences. He was not required to plea to the Possession of Counterfeit Currency.

The fine was not paid, and alternatively, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.