A 24-year-old Canadian visitor, who pleaded guilty to a number of drug offences, has been released after paying a hefty court fine.
Michael Dwight Sylvester was arrested and formally charged with unlawful possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of cannabis after he was nabbed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Sunday on arrival from Toronto, Canada.
During an examination of his suitcase and a paddleboard by customs, 58 vacuum-sealed plastic packages each containing cannabis were discovered concealed within the paddleboard.
Police were informed and Sylvester was subsequently arrested and charged for the offences.
He appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to the offences and was fined $80,000 for trafficking cannabis, or two years in prison.
The fine was paid by his lawyer. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other offences.