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Three people who were held at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Friday were charged with trafficking drugs valued more than $230 000.
Twenty-year-old Serena Daniella Gentles of #7290 Meyer Drive Malton, Mississauga, Ontario; Annika Andrea Henry, 32, of Sevens Road, Maypen PO, Clarendon; and 59-year-old Osbourne Dixon of #14 Aretena Place, Queensbury, Kingston were charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of cannabis in separate incidents.
Gentles arrived from New York onboard JetBlue Airline flight #BB1261 from John F Kennedy Airport. During a search of her luggage by Customs, 47 transparent vacuum-sealed packages, each containing a quantity of vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis, were allegedly discovered.
She was handed over to the police along with the suspected cannabis and was interviewed and charged. The weight of the suspected cannabis was 26.5kgs with an estimated street value of $212 000.
Henry arrived in Barbados onboard Caribbean Airlines flight BW455 from Jamaica on Friday. She was interviewed by police from the Drug Squad and referred to Customs to be searched. Four vacuum-sealed transparent packages, each containing a quantity of vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis, were reportedly found concealed within a false side of her suitcase.
She was arrested and handed over to the police where she was further interviewed and charged. The weight of the suspected cannabis was 1.8kg with an estimated street value of $14 512.
Dixon arrived in Barbados on Friday onboard the same Caribbean Airlines flight for a seven-day vacation. After clearing immigration, he was stopped and interviewed by members of the Drug Squad.
As a result of that interview, suspicion was aroused that he had ingested a controlled drug. He was arrested and taken to the Queen Elisabeth Hospital where he was detained. He subsequently passed out 53 packages of vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis with an estimated weight of 1kg with an estimated street value of $8 000.
On Sunday, he was discharged into the custody of the police and subsequently charged. They were all scheduled to appear at the District ‘B’ Magistrates Courts today. (PR/SAT)