Hanover man fined for attempting to smuggle cocaine
A Hanover man got hit with a suspended sentence and a $250,000 fine in the St James Parish Court on Thursday, February 14, after he was caught trying to smuggle 14 pellets of cocaine into Jamaica last December.
Fifty-nine-year-old Lloyd Arnold, of a Hopewell address, pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and importing 7.8 ounces of cocaine when he appeared before Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small.
The facts are that on December 17, 2018, at approximately 1p.m., Arnold was an incoming passenger on a Copa Airline flight from Panama, arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.
While checking in, Arnold was interviewed in the airport's customs hall, but was observed behaving in a suspicious manner. The police subsequently transported him to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he excreted 14 pellets containing a substance later found to be cocaine.
In handing down the sentence on Thursday, Judge Wong-Small chastised Arnold for getting involved in the cocaine trade.
OUT OF CHARACTER
"There are three character witnesses who spoke to the fact that such behaviour is uncharacteristic of you. It is clear to me that you decided to 'try a thing' to make some money, so this is motivated by greed," said Wong-Small.
Arnold was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 or six months imprisonment on the possession charge, and $150,000 or six months on the importation charge. He was admonished and discharged for dealing.
He was also sentenced to a mandatory nine months' imprisonment, which was suspended for two years.