Trini jailed for trafficking cocaine
A 26-year-old administrative assistant from Trinidad was imprisoned yesterday after she was unable to pay a fine for trafficking two kilograms of cocaine.
Jornella Banyelle Boland of #21 Buena Vista Gardens, Arima, first went before Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court on August 12, charged with possession, trafficking, intent to supply and importing a quantity of cocaine the previous day.
She was not required to plead at the time and was remanded to HMP Dodds.
Frederick transferred the matter to District ‘B’ Magistrates Court, where Boland appeared on August 17 before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell and pleaded guilty.
The woman was held at the Grantley Adams International Airport after the substance was found in the lining of her luggage.
When she returned to court yesterday, a $50,000 fine was imposed for trafficking, while she was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other three counts. Unable to pay the fine, Boland was sentenced to two years in jail.
On the last occasion, Boland told the court that she was staying with someone in Trinidad who had asked her to accompany the suitcase to Barbados for him.
Sergeant Wendell Greenidge prosecuted the case while attorney-at-law Kim Sealy appeared on Boland’s behalf.