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Trinidadian national fined for cocaine

A Trinidadian man had to part with BD$30,000 yesterday, after the fine was imposed on him by Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch at the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court.

Russell Philip Charles James pleaded guilty last week to possession, importation, trafficking and intent to supply 2.19 kilograms of cocaine on October 16.

Sergeant Azel Skeete told the court that police saw James along St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, pulling a suitcase. He began acting suspiciously when he saw police and they stopped him. He consented to a search and that was when lawmen realised that his suitcase carried a false bottom.

James apologised to the court yesterday, after explaining that a man here promised him money for bringing the cocaine into Barbados.

He was fined $15,000 each for importation and possession, while he was reprimanded and discharged for trafficking. He was also convicted, reprimanded and discharged for intending to supply the substance.

James was handed over to immigration officials for deportation. (SD)

4 Responses to Trinidadian national fined for cocaine

  1. jrsmith November 1, 2015 at 7:43 am

    As I always, say ,the people who are the big up criminals , in Barbados ,is always protected. this gentle, may be, his first time visiting Barbados, to meet the man/ woman , who matters. but he the mino gets caught, would he give details of who loaded him up, and who was his Barbados contact.

  2. Alex Alleyne November 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

    The powers that be must invest in 2 top of the line drug sniffing dogs and have them placed out on the tar mat to sniff the luggage as it comes off the plane . Any bag that is of interest to the dog(s) will have a tag put on it so that the drug squad personnel on the inside will know the “colour of the day tag” and the person who claim the bag will become the person of interest and will have a going over of bags with a fine tooth comb. If drugs are found then they will be arrested , finger printed, photograph and all information put into a data base and fed to all Caricom Countries.
    Drugs and guns are destroying the Caribbean , we who care must put serious pressure on our Leaders to come up with a plan that will reverse this evil .
    We must vote in office people that care and not just Party.

  3. Sue Donym November 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    A few details missing here? Offences allegedly commited on Oct 16. Pleaded guilty last week. Sentenced Oct 30. Two weeks. Sounds rather convenient, almost accommodating…
    Reprimanded and discharged on trafficking, arguably the most serious… was this what’s known as a plea bargain?

  4. geoquip November 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    That was very lenient!


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