Jamaican visitor, Dwayne Sylvester Phillips, was sentenced to two years imprisonment today, after pleading guilty to four drug-related charges.
The 26-year-old painter appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District ‘B’ Magistrates Court, where he confessed to possession, trafficking, intent to supply and importing one and a half pounds of marijuana.
Phillips, who comes from #17 Strathmore Avenue in Spanish Town, arrived in Barbados from his homeland around 8 p.m. on April 4, was interviewed by police at the Grantley Adams International Airport and subsequently arrested on suspicion of having drugs.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where an X-ray showed foreign bodies in his intestines. He later passed 65 packages of marijuana. He was discharged on April 10. Phillips told police he was to be paid J$9,000 (BDS$157) for delivering the cannabis to someone here.
Magistrate Smith-Bovell sentenced him to two years for importing and supplying the drugs. The terms will run concurrently. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for possession.
Phillips told the court that his parents were killed in the Tivoli Gardens unrest a few years ago and he therefore needed a way to support himself and to help pay to treat an illness he has.
He said he was approached by a woman in town in Jamaica, who offered to help him make some money. She then arranged for him to be paid for bringing the marijuana into Barbados.