Two female Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals accused of separate drug offences will spend the next five days on remand at HMP Dodds.

They are Odetta Marsha Bentick, 33, of Georgetown, Guyana and Samantha Lotoya Johnson, 31, of Clarendon, Jamaica, both of whom flew into Barbados recently.

Samantha Lotoya Johnson & Odetta Marsha Bentick

Bentick, who arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday, is charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of 3.2 kilogrammes of cocaine.

The drugs, which were in powder form, have an estimated street value of $170 000.

She was not required to plead to the charges when she appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

The police prosecutor informed the magistrate that Bentick’s alleged transgressions had been communicated to the Guyana Embassy, as the accused revealed that she had no strong ties to Barbados.

Asked by Bannister whether she didn’t know that it was an offence to bring drugs into Barbados, Bentick replied: “Yes.”

The Guyanese, who was not represented by an attorney, was remanded to jail until December 12 when she is expected to appear before the District ‘F’ Magistrates’ Court.

The case against Johnson was also transferred to the same court for the same

The Jamaican, who also had no lawyer, faces charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of four pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $12 000.

Johnson, who arrived in Barbados on December 3, was not required to plead to the charges as they had occurred in the District ‘B’ jurisdiction.

25 Responses to CARICOM catch

  1. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks December 8, 2016 at 6:09 am

    What is really wrong with these people, they like putting their lives in danger that bad ,for a couple of dollars , Sick people

  2. Michele Antoinette
    Michele Antoinette December 8, 2016 at 6:51 am

    The Headline though… hahahaha Yusuf Hafejee hahaha

  3. Alex Alleyne December 8, 2016 at 7:08 am

    People in Barbados using so much dope , or BDS is just a trans shipment point ?.
    Barbados must fingerprint them persons and ban then for 20 years. CARICOM or no CARICOM.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 8, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Fingerprint all persons caught bringing DRUGS into BIM and ban them for 20 years.

  5. jrsmith December 8, 2016 at 7:19 am

    What sense is it to waste bajan taxpayers money on housing these people importing drugs into barbados .
    After the trial and a fine is imposed if they have the money okay,
    no money means deportation ..
    What is the real worry, year after year we are stopping these drug smugglers , these people is bringing the drugs into barbados for the ones who supply the drugs , how is it not one person in Barbados has ever been arrested or connected with these drug mules… just like the guns…
    So we see how the criminals in barbados is really protected… but one day its all going to hit the fan..
    Wee need in Barbados to ask for help from ,Interpol, FBI , the Mounties and Scotland yard….our island is becoming so dangerous with no real concern from our politicians………

  6. Mario Jones
    Mario Jones December 8, 2016 at 7:25 am

    2 elephants

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Seriously why when smuggglers are caught bringing drugs into Barbados do the RBPF not try to find out where and to whom these drugs were headed like what other law enforcement agencies do around the world its call flipping the suspects as part of the court process.Damm people in Barbados friggin backwards as hell they should watch videos from shows involving FBI/DEA/RCMP and Scotland Yard and see how its really done there is a market for it that’s why these smugglers keep coming RBPF.Or maybe its de monetary fines that de government really interested in not good intelligence to stop de smuggling.

    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett December 8, 2016 at 7:52 am

      Good point rawle ,if these smugglers “do not have strong ties here”, then there MUST be someone they are doing the drop off for,good way to break the ring,and monitor the source here

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Lynda Bonnett you are so on point but does the powers to be namely RBPF thinking like we do,it’sobviously easy to figure so why can’t big wigs do it.

    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett December 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Raul Garcia knew very little English,knew nothing about Barbados,yet he was found with loads of drugs…he sat in jail for years, utilize taxpayers money, and we are no wiser as to who that load was intended for

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 8, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Lynda Bonnett agree again but yet idiots running Barbados still not getting message,there is a reason why drugs keep coming and make no mistake smugglers get through with drugs. Like I said earlier maybe its the fines that government really want not intelligence about smugglers.Why are there not officers with sniffer dogs at both air and sea ports have never seen that at GAIA but do they even have sniffer dogs.

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor December 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Yes sniffer dogs are used

  8. Ava Alexis
    Ava Alexis December 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Good but why not deport them? Barbados has enough of it’s own riff raff

  9. kathy-Ann Clarke December 8, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Oh boy, another set trying a thing. Poor wunna.

  10. North Point December 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Barbados has always been a trans shipment point from the slave trade era, and it is still so today, each accused must be dealt with on its own merit, and all info that is gathered from each accused should be acted on, and also pass on that info to other agencies. The “MULES” will continue their trade because money is involved, the saying is, “Make me an offer that I cant refuse”. Caricom is DEAD, I want to see all non Barbadians finger printed at our ports of entry. I gone.

  11. Frank White December 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Why send these offenders to prison when there’s so much bush and roads that needs clearing…Put them to work and when the time is up..deport them and stop wasting money because no one is ever prosecuted beyond the smugglers.

  12. BoBoTheClown December 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    The demand is there. If successful in getting the drugs in,i am sure the funds are as well. I could only imagine the amount of drugs that are not intercepted at Barbados Ports of entry because of inside help in some instances. ..we are just skimming the top. Cocaine is not produced in Barbados ,but yet there always seem to be glut. I beg to ask ,who brings it to our Shores?
    We need some serious intervention if we really intend to limit the amount of drugs and drug related crimes. It does appear to most that those in authority are not doing enough to curtail the movement of drugs and guns entering our Country.

  13. anthony durant December 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    If the bajan people didnt have a drug problem their wouldnt be a market here for people to bring drugs here. Also our jail is like a hotel for some people so its worth the risk.

  14. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor December 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    While the male drug lords are free to continue….btw if Barbadian people were foolish they wouldn’t be caught so no insults please.

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor December 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 8, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Not insulting anyone but many get through and why not find out who drugs heading to if these smugglers get through,a lot more needs to be done.

  15. Anita Alleyne
    Anita Alleyne December 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    S m h


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