Sunday 25 August, 2019

Elderly man gets 14 years for marijuana trafficking

A 61-year-old man was sentenced to just over 14 years of hard labour after he was found guilty on allegations of trafficking marijuana.

The charges, however, stemmed from an incident in 2006.

Peter Coltes was found guilty at the end of this trial in June in the Port of Spain High Court.

However, he was sentenced on Monday by Justice Maria Wilson.

The judge took several factors into consideration in giving the sentence, including Coltes’ age, time served, and testimonials of his character presented.

The State was represented by Joy Balkaran and Shabanna Shah.

Attorney Raphael Morgan represented Coltes at the trial.

Coltes was originally held on July 29, 2006, off the Chaguaramas coast.

Coast guard officials received intelligence of a vessel coming from Venezuela and when they went to intercept it, the vessel sped away. The officials gave chase, during which occupants of the vessel threw out bags. The bags were seized, and the vessel was eventually intercepted.

When examined the bags were found to have contained 37.6 kilogrammes of marijuana.

More on this as it becomes available.

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