A Saint Lucian national has been jailed in Barbados for cocaine-related offences.
According to Nationnews.com, forty year old Alfred Wayne Simeon was sent to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, after being unable to pay $15,000 in fines.
He pleaded guilty to four charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District “C” Magistrates’ Court Monday.
Simeon was arrested last Tuesday after he was found with one kilogramme of cocaine at the Grantley Adams International Airport and later passed out 185 grammes of the drug at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
He was fined $10 000 forthwith or two years in prison for unlawful possession of cocaine, and $5 000 forthwith or two years in prison to run concurrently for importation of cocaine.
Simeon was convicted, reprimanded, and discharged on the offences of possession with intent to supply and trafficking.
The Saint Lucian national arrived in Barbados by air from St Lucia and having cleared immigration at Grantley Adams International Airport, he was stopped and interviewed by police, Nationnews.com reported.
The publication said on completion of this interview, suspicions were aroused and he was referred to Customs to have his luggage and person searched.
The search revealed two transparent wrapped packages containing powdered cocaine concealed inside his underwear.
He was later referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where police said he passed out 14 taped packages containing powdered cocaine.
The total street value of the drugs was estimated at about $59,000.