After Howard Anthony Wright could not come up with the $90 000 forthwith fine imposed on him by Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles, the Jamaican man was sentenced to the alternative of three years in prison, for trafficking nine pounds of cannabis.
Wright went before the Oistins’ Magistrate Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to the charges of possession, trafficking, intent to supply and importation.
According to the facts which acting Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett outlined, the carpenter from Retreat, St. Marys, arrived in Barbados on a flight from Trinidad on April 29.
After passing through Immigration he was interviewed by police at the airport, who then referred him to Customs to be searched.
When his suitcase was inspected, 13 taped packages of cannabis were found in a false compartment of his suitcase.
Wright later told police that he brought the drugs to Barbados to get money to help his family, since “things are hard in Jamaica.”
Yesterday, the drug mule apologised and admitted he was wrong. He also told the Chief Magistrate that he had a nine and ten year old whom he wanted to help.
Wright was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on possession, trafficking and intent to supply the drugs.