A Jamaican mother of two began serving a two-year jail term yesterday, after she was unable to pay a $50 000 fine for importing eight pounds on marijuana into the island on Sunday.
Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles handed down the sentence late yesterday afternoon to 29-year-old Nakeisha Camesha Grant-Johnson.
The woman, of # 32 Cecil Gardens, Spanish Town, St Catherine pleaded guilty to possession, trafficking, intent to supply the drugs and importation.
She arrived here on a flight from Jamaica on December 13. After clearing Immigration, she picked up her luggage and was interviewed by a Customs officer, who examined her luggage and personal effects.
Inside her handbag, the woman had eight brown taped packages, each containing compressed marijuana. She was told of the offences and handed over to police.
Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the Oistins Magistrates Court yesterday that during an interview with police at the Oistins Police Station, the woman admitted to knowing about the drugs.
She was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the counts of possession, trafficking and intent to supply. The alternative to the $50 000 fine on importation was two years in jail.
The woman told the Chief Magistrate that she has a 14 and a 10-year-old. It was because she was in financial difficulties that she agreed to bring the drugs into Barbados.
Whenever her jail term ends, or if the fine is paid at any point, Johnson is be handed over to Immigration officials.