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Stowaway pleads guilty


A Jamaican national will spend the next 18 months behind bars after admitting that he had weed.

Fifty year-old Leonard Antonio Wisdom appeared in the District “A” Court today pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect that the drugs were intended to be imported into Barbados aboard a ship registered in a convention state on the high seas; and knowingly concerned in the carrying of cannabis on a ship registered in a convention state or knowingly or having reasonable grounds to suspect that drug were to be imported into Barbados.

He was fined $75,000 forthwith on each charge or 18 months imprisonment.

The fines were not paid.

Police Public Relations Officer Inspector, David Welch, said that Wisdom stowed away on a boat which departed Jamaica on September 7, with cargo documented as cement for Barbados. Two days later on September 9, he was found by the crew.

He carried a blue bag that when examined contained the illegal drug, 1.7 kgs of cannabis. He was detained and the drugs seized; he and the drugs were handed over to police and customs officials when the ship arrived in the Bridgetown Port. (DS)

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