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Jamaican woman imprisoned

Although a Jamaica woman claimed she had no idea drugs were inside the suitcase she borrowed from her sister, Donnaire Tibbert pleaded guilty to four drug charges at a Christ Church Court yesterday.

As a result,she will spend the next two years in prison after she was unable to pay a $50 000 forthwith fine imposed on her for bringing two kilograms of ganja into Barbados on Thursday.

When the 43-year-old unemployed woman went before Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles at the Oistins’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday, she confessed to possession, intent to supply, trafficking and importing the drugs.

Tibbert resides at Gregory Park, Violet Avenue, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore, St. Catherine.

Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the court that the woman entered the island on a flight from Jamaica close to 10 p.m. After being interviewed by Immigration and being granted entry into Barbados, a police officer handling a canine made a check of luggage from that flight. The dog reacted by a black and grey suitcase carrying Tibbert’s name on the tag.

She was taken to Customs where her luggage was searched. Inside were six packages of marijuana wrapped in transparent plastic and foil, hidden in the lining in the side of the suitcase.

Police then took Tibbert to Oistins Police Station where she admitted knowing about the drugs.

In her explanation to the court though, the woman said that just when she was about to come here, she realized her suitcase was damaged so she borrowed one from her sister. Having not checked it, she just threw in her things, only to realize after reaching here that drugs were inside the case.

However, Chief Magistrate Beckles made it clear that she was not buying that story; insisting that the woman should have felt the weightiness of the suitcase when she first got it.

The $50 000 forthwith fine was on the importation count. Tibbert was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other counts.


11 Responses to Jamaican woman imprisoned

  1. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks November 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I so fed up with them every minute in we jail, look like them and all going be smiling fa the camera too

  2. Alex 3 November 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Wow! How I wish our courts were as quick to act as this story suggests. Did she really come in to Barbados on November 12, 2015 and is in court on the 13th and then on to HMP Dodds by the 14th?
    If so that is some kind of record and more to the point a model of efficiency that should be emulated across all court rooms in the country.

  3. Steve November 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    It is amazing the stories that people come up with when apprehended. The story this lady tried to convince the judge with , was identical to someone I happened to come into contact with many years ago. She too had the identical story, but her lawyer was somehow able to get the judge to believe that she had indeed borrowed a suitcase on the day she was leaving Jamaica which contained about 8 lbs.of compact hashish. The judge said it was indeed possible because the accuse was only 18 years old at the time and could have easily been duped,and he felt that being the case he could not in all consciousness fine her guilty of knowingly importing .
    That was mentioned only to make the point that my mother always would say “dog luck ain’t cat luck.”i

  4. Lola De Palma
    Lola De Palma November 15, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Keep them out of Barbados

  5. jrsmith November 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

    This is so strange ,persons importing drugs into Barbados , goes through the court , system with so much speed , this is an ulterior motive, how could these cases be investigated, how could an electronic data base be built of the criminals ,local and international.

    Why so speedy on the drugs , why not on the guns. are we to believe, not having the same luck recovering , guns as the drugs, at our airport , shows bajans openly, the guns are coming in with ease and freedom ,through our sea areas and ports.

  6. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams November 15, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Is she Tibbert or Hibbert. Thought I read Hibbert in an earlier report. Might have mis-read


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