Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Surinamese national sentenced to 18 months on drug charges

A 42-year-old Surinamese national will call Her Majesty’s Prison at Dodds, St Philip home for at least the next 18 months.

Bryan Desire Pollack of Slora Willy Cario #29, Paramaribo, was sentenced after entering guilty pleas to a number of drug charges when he appeared in the District C Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Police say he arrived on a flight from Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday June 29, and after clearing Immigration, was intercepted by police and interviewed.  Pollack was then taken to Customs, where his luggage was searched and six packages, containing a white substance, wrapped in transparent plastic, were found hidden in the handle of one of his suitcases.

The suspected cocaine weighed 364 grammes and has an estimated street value of $18,200.

As a result, the Surinamese national was arrested and subsequently charged with Possession of Cocaine, Trafficking the drug, Possession with intent to supply and the Importation.

When he appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch, he was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the charges of Possession of Cocaine and Possession with Intent to supply cocaine, but on the charge of Trafficking Cocaine, he was fined $5,000.00 forthwith or 18 months in prison.

For the offence of Importation of Cocaine he was fined $10,000.00 forthwith or 18 months in prison.

The fines were not paid and he was handed over into the custody of prison officials where he will serve the sentences concurrently.

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