Two plead guilty in $200,000 marijuana seizure
Fines of over BBD$30,000 were handed down after two men pleaded guilty to several drug charges in the District C Magistrates Court today.
They are Winfield St. Auban Lowe, 51, who police described as a 'Bajan Yankee', and Barbadian national Tito Mardonna O’Neil Barrow, 31, of Wildey, St Michael.
They were separately charged with unlawful possession; possession with intent to supply, trafficking, and importation of cannabis.
According to police, Barrow and Lowe flew into the island from New York on Monday, October 30. Having cleared Immigration, a subsequent search of their luggage was conducted by Customs officials. During the search, two brown taped packages and five transparent vacuum-sealed packages, all containing cannabis, were discovered in two suitcases being carried by Lowe. The cannabis weighed 25 ¾ lbs and has an estimated street value of BBD$103,000.
Meanwhile, 38 vacuum-sealed packages containing cannabis were discovered in two suitcases being carried by Barrow. The cannabis weighed 26 ½ lbs and has an estimated street value of BBD$106,000.
The police were informed, and Barrow and Lowe were subsequently arrested and separately charged for the offences.
When the accused appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court today, they both pleaded guilty to the offences.
Both Barrow and Lowe were fined $15,000 each to be paid in nine months or face two years' in prison for the unlawful possession charge. They were fined a further $15,000 to be paid in 9 months or face two years in prison for the offence of importation.
They were Convicted, Reprimanded and Discharged (CRD) for the offence of possession with intent to supply, and Reprimanded and Discharged (RD) for the offence of trafficking.