Guyanese fails to pay big drug fine
A Guyanese man started a three-year jail term today after failing to pay a $150,000 fine for coming into Barbados with two kilos of cocaine strapped to his body.
Alistair Caldie Reid, a 22-year-old storeroom clerk, pleaded guilty to importation, trafficking, possession, and possession with intent to supply, when he appeared in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.
Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles had imposed the fine and ordered him to pay up immediately to avoid jail time.
Reid, who is from Guyana’s capital Georgetown, arrived in Barbados last night on a flight from his homeland.
He cleared Immigration and was then interviewed by police.
When Reid was handed over to Customs officials, a search uncovered three packages of cocaine strapped to his thighs.
The man’s explanation to the court was that he was “in deep debt” and had a child on the way, and was promised US$2,000 to bring the drugs into the island.
Reid was fined on the importation charge but was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the remaining three charges.