Although a Jamaica woman claimed she had no idea drugs were inside the suitcase she borrowed from her sister, Donnaire Tibbert pleaded guilty to four drug charges at a Christ Church Court yesterday.
As a result,she will spend the next two years in prison after she was unable to pay a $50 000 forthwith fine imposed on her for bringing two kilograms of ganja into Barbados on Thursday.
When the 43-year-old unemployed woman went before Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles at the Oistins’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday, she confessed to possession, intent to supply, trafficking and importing the drugs.
Tibbert resides at Gregory Park, Violet Avenue, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore, St. Catherine.
Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the court that the woman entered the island on a flight from Jamaica close to 10 p.m. After being interviewed by Immigration and being granted entry into Barbados, a police officer handling a canine made a check of luggage from that flight. The dog reacted by a black and grey suitcase carrying Tibbert’s name on the tag.
She was taken to Customs where her luggage was searched. Inside were six packages of marijuana wrapped in transparent plastic and foil, hidden in the lining in the side of the suitcase.
Police then took Tibbert to Oistins Police Station where she admitted knowing about the drugs.
In her explanation to the court though, the woman said that just when she was about to come here, she realized her suitcase was damaged so she borrowed one from her sister. Having not checked it, she just threw in her things, only to realize after reaching here that drugs were inside the case.
However, Chief Magistrate Beckles made it clear that she was not buying that story; insisting that the woman should have felt the weightiness of the suitcase when she first got it.
The $50 000 forthwith fine was on the importation count. Tibbert was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other counts.
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