A 48-year-old Guyanese boat captain has been convicted in Barbados on a charge of importation of cannabis.
Winston Leslie Fitzgerald Phillips appeared at the District A Magistrates Court here on Monday where he was ordered to pay $100,000 forthwith or face three months in jail.
He was also convicted, reprimanded and discharged on seven other charges of related to the discovery on February 7, 2014 of 37 pounds of cannabis and two kilogrammes of cocaine on board the Guyanese registered vessel ‘Rudisa Global’.
Members of the Customs and Excise Department, the Drug Squad, the Police Canine Unit, Marine Unit and the Barbados Coast Guard swooped down on the vessel, which was berthed at the time in the Bridgetown Port.
During the operation, Customs personnel discovered the drugs hidden in cabins.
Phillips, who was the captain, was subsequently charged and remanded into police custody.