A 27-year-old freighter who admitted to importing $8,000 worth of cannabis has the next four months to come up with $3,000 if he wants to avoid jail.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant told Damian Lawrence, of 7th Avenue, New Orleans, The City, that he could pay it in instalments, but it had to be completely paid up within the four-month period.
Lawrence was fined yesterday after confessing to unlawfully importing the two kilogrammes of cannabis, as well as trafficking the drug, between March 26 and March 29, 2012.
If he fails to pay, Lawrence will be sent straight to HMP Prison at Dodds for eight months.
The facts show that Lawrence went to a freight handling service at Brighton, Black Rock, St Michael and presented documentation to collect a barrel. While at customs, the barrel was checked in Lawrence’s presence and the drugs were discovered.
Police were called in and he was subsequently charged.
The matter has been adjourned until March 31 next year, when Lawrence must present the receipt to prove he fully paid the fine.