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Heavy fine for Canadian drug trafficker


Added 03 January 2018


A Canadian visitor who brought cannabis into Barbados avoided two years in prison when his lawyer paid an $80 000 fine.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael Dwight Sylvester arrived in Barbados on December 31, 2017 from Toronto.

Customs officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport found 58 vacuum-sealed packages of cannabis concealed in his paddleboard.

Police were informed and Sylvester was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

He appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District “B” Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the offences.

He was fined $80 000 for the offence of trafficking and convicted reprimanded and discharged on the other offences. (PR/NB)


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