$4 million fine for possession and trafficking cocaine
Two Jamaican men and two Colombian men were yesterday fined a total of $4,000,000, and in addition, sent to prison for one year for possession and trafficking 208 pounds of cocaine.
The Jamaicans - Norman Brown and Dwight White - and the Colombians - Juan Jiminez and Milieth Arreyalos - were convicted by RM Andrea Pettigrew in the Port Maria Resident Magistrate' Court in St Mary.
They were each fined $500,000 or 15 months' imprisonment on the possession charge. In addition, all four were ordered to serve 12 months in prison.
On the trafficking charge, they are fined $500,000 or 15 months.
If the fines are not paid, they will have to serve 30 months in addition to the 12 months as the sentences are consecutive. The magistrate further ordered that the Colombians be deported after serving the sentence.
Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Andrea Martin Swaby and Crown Council, David McLennon, led evidence that on December 18, 2011, the four men were intercepted at sea by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard four miles off the shores of Port Maria.
A barrel was thrown overboard and the soldiers retrieved it. The barrel was opened and 94 packages of white powder substance were found inside. The substance was tested and confirmed as cocaine.
The men denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn commended the prosecuting team and the soldiers.