Canadian visitor fined $80,000 for drugs

A 24-year-old Canadian visitor, who pleaded guilty to a number of drug offences, has been released after paying a hefty court fine.

Michael Dwight Sylvester was arrested and formally charged with unlawful possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of cannabis after he was nabbed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Sunday on arrival from Toronto, Canada.

During an examination of his suitcase and a paddleboard by customs, 58 vacuum-sealed plastic packages each containing cannabis were discovered concealed within the paddleboard.

Police were informed and Sylvester was subsequently arrested and charged for the offences.

He appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to the offences and was fined $80,000 for trafficking cannabis, or two years in prison.

The fine was paid by his lawyer. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other offences.



36 Responses to Canadian visitor fined $80,000 for drugs

  1. Alex Alleyne January 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Great news, Let one and all know that BARBADOS ain’t no “bread-n-fish”, banana, plantain or fig Country where who so ever will can just arrive with illegal drugs.

  2. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown January 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Wanna really meeting fun with these criminals. Man paid he fine like nothing and walk out of court. If you a visitor to Barbados and you caught bringing drugs into the country, do not only find them, but keep them in jail till their trial, when them trial comes and court find them guilty, lock them up in jail for 5 to 10 yrs minus time served, then deport them back to them country but after you charge them reimbursement for the country holding dem in jail for them years. Let them pay retribution to the island for use of Court time and prison.

    • Jay Manny
      Jay Manny January 3, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      They need to stop locking up people for weed

    • Skilnic Skyy
      Skilnic Skyy January 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Most sensible comment round here

    • Skilnic Skyy
      Skilnic Skyy January 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Jay Manny I mean

    • MARIA Holder January 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      for who to feed?

  3. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler January 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    There is no real consequence for illegal drug importation if you can pay the fine, such a shame, especially if you’re poor.

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown January 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      That my friend is some real injustice, seeing how the Bajan caught growing pot or with possession of pot is easy sent to Dodds. I am not one of advocating the legalization of drugs, but if you gine lock your own ppl up in a heart beat and let a visitor walk free after imposing fines that are basically a joke to them, then best solution is to legalize marijuana and let the Island ppl grown them own. All other drugs impose a minimum jail time of 10 years for anyone caught selling or possessing them regardless of is You a native or visitor and set a minimum $150,000 fine, plus cost to court, retribution to island and amount to house you once you sentence. Plenty of solutions to the problem.

    • Margreet Thompson
      Margreet Thompson January 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      I think that the whole point about these fines is not to fill up the prison system with these persons and by keeping them is to put further expenses of maintaining these persons on the country…so it’s better to catch, fine and release and have money going in the coffers

    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler January 3, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Charge them for the time they’ll be spending in prison too.

  4. Wayne Griffith
    Wayne Griffith January 3, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Is like the courts just need some dope money what the hell is going on in the judicial system

  5. jrsmith January 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    The world is seeing how it plays out in Barbados , commit your crime pay your fine and all is well in Barbados…………..Was he deported and why didn’t we see a picture of this criminal in the media …….. Big time them and us……………….

  6. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Crime and punishment 101 what is perceived by the naive based on comparison is not the question .Foreigners and Embassy of their origin has a lot to say in Barbados

  7. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose January 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Bajans dont get that luxury.ike i said you need elections for judges so they can be held accountable.

  8. Donild Trimp January 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    @ Anton Brown –
    Stop being silly. Do you know how much it cost to keep a person in jail in Barbados for 10 years? Why would you want to imprison this person in Barbados for 10 years at the tax payers expense?

    @Frank Fowler –
    Ten years in jail or a fine of $80,000. Which do you think is more appropriate for Barbados at this time?

  9. Judy Stanford
    Judy Stanford January 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The fine should have been much higher!! $800,000 would be more like it!!

    • Mukthar Patterson
      Mukthar Patterson January 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Over crowd the jails and let the killers out early.Smart right

    • hcalndre January 3, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      @Judy Stanford and others; Barbados will soon have to get in line and legalize marijuana and same sex marriages so all of these enormous fines will for marijuana will be a thing of the past.

  10. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield January 3, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Interesting. The attorney paying the fine. Only bout hey

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow January 3, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Not funny Claire Battershield if there were surities or bond. The attorney pays and donors remains anonymous

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield January 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Let’s guess who! The recipient? The mission?

    • Janelle Marshall
      Janelle Marshall January 3, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Whenever a person from another country is in custody the high commission or consulate for their country is notified and arrangements are made having contacted the family who will know if they can afford it. When judgement is handed down family then send the money for the fine to be paid. There was an instance where american girls were held and their families paid the fines in a few days.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 3, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      I still called it money laundering.

  11. Anthony Dowe
    Anthony Dowe January 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Easy way to ease the budget crisis!

  12. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen January 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Good ….. you know it’s illegal …… you accept the consequences…..

  13. Sue Donym January 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Who was the attorney?
    Caught Sunday. Court Tuesday. Just enough time to get to the bank and standby for the fine.
    Swift? Yes. Justice? Depends on who you ask.

  14. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams January 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    D treasury get a good xmas bonus and stamp he passport “Never to enter this place again”

  15. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace January 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    He served the consequences. Not you.
    So what’s the problem? Do the crime. Pay the fine.

  16. fedup January 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Lawyer mussee use somebody deposit fuh land purchase… Uh wunda why he name int get mention?

  17. eddy murray January 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    The man in only had herb, but also laundered in money as well, because he was able to pay his lawyer and still pay the fine. That why we will alway on the people.

  18. Sherry Denny
    Sherry Denny January 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    All these comments ain’t make no sense just because he is a foreigner he has to pay so much money what about the two bajans who had soooooo much drugs and only went on 12k bail let’s see the out come on that


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