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Jamaican, 61, jailed for drug trafficking

A 61-year-old Jamaican who swallowed 47 packages of cannabis and came into Barbados earlier this week, was jailed for 12 months by Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles yesterday.

Lincoln Dennis Barnes of Glendovan, Montego Bay was arrested on Monday after being interviewed by law enforcement officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Acting Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the court that by the end of the interview, police suspected that Barnes had ingested drugs. The suspect was then taken to the Oistins Police Station.

After he admitted swallowing cannabis, the 61-year-old was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he had an x-ray and consented to a medical examination.

Barnes later passed 47 packages of the drug that was wrapped in white tape.

He was discharged on Thursday and appeared in court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to possession, intent to supply, trafficking and importation of the pound of cannabis.

Asked why he had brought the drugs into the island, Barnes explained that it was for his personal use.

He was fined $10,000 forthwith, but was unable to come up with the money.

As a result, the Jamaican was sentenced to 12 months behind bars.

He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the remaining charges.

Barnes will be released into the custody of immigration if he pays the fine or upon completion of his jail term. (SD)

8 Responses to Jamaican, 61, jailed for drug trafficking

  1. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne February 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    MMM hmmm again…

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley February 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Old enough to know better !

  3. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer February 7, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Send back today

  4. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd February 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    These people should be deported not jailed .

  5. kay-rani rosita February 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Sharon Woolley, my sentiments exactly
    Mark, they should jailed and then deported

  6. Krystal Alexis
    Krystal Alexis February 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Smh!…leave the damn guy alone…wat they need to do is make marijuana legal in Barbados….see how the economy go up….colorado making so much damn money the banks can’t even hold it

  7. Alex Alleyne February 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Time too short spending in the pen . Increase the jail time to 5 years or more and we will notice the decline of persons coming in with drugs . If not we will just have persons coming into BIM and going to DODDS for a “short” time and getting FAT out of the tax payers .

  8. byron spence February 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    why are they so hang up about weed,for god sake dont they know that the white man is walking through with his suitcase full of coke,buy all eyes are on the little poor black man.shame on you barbados locking up this poor man.wise up


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