Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Electrician fined $33,000 for trying to smuggle cocaine to the UK

Ten years after he was first arrested, a 48-year-old electrician was fined $33,000 for attempting to export cocaine out of this country.

Andrew Walters, of Diego Martin, appeared before  Magistrate Brian Dabideen in the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Walters was represented by defence attorney Ian Brooks.

Cpl Patrick was the complainant (charging officer) on allegations of possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking.

Customs officer Glen Singh charged Walters with attempting to export cocaine.

Customs and Excise Division attorney Harricharan Cassie represented the State in this matter.

The court was informed that at 6:00 pm on December 14, 2008, Walters was about to board a flight to England at the then Crown Point International Airport (now ANR Robinson International Airport) when he was stopped for a routine search.

Inside his suitcase, police found and seized two bath towels and a two white T-shirts which were hardened with cocaine.

The cocaine, which was extracted from the towels and T-shirts, weighed 681 grammes.

It had a street value was $300,000.

Walter was immediately arrested as a result.

Walter pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined for attempting to export the illegal drug.

He was reprimanded and discharged for possession and was given until the end of August to pay $5,000, and until the end of the year to pay the balance.

Failure to do so would result in the 48-year-old facing seven years hard labour.

 

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