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)