Wharf worker escapes prison time in $20 million cocaine bust
Kingston Freeport Terminal stevedore Shawn Taylor was today fined $325,000 or three months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.
The other charges of dealing in cocaine, conspiracy and importing cocaine were dismissed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
Attorney-at-law Able-Don Foote made an impassioned plea for the 44-year-old man not to face a prison sentence.
The police had reported that about 3:15 a.m on Saturday, July 27, 2019, Taylor was aboard a cargo vessel that arrived from Columbia where he was caught offloading the cocaine which was concealed under the anchor.
The drugs, which weighed approximately 22 pounds, had an estimated street value of $20 million.
Foote argued that a non-custodial sentence ought to be imposed due to the unique set of circumstances of the case and the law, which is not asinine, ought to take into account the fact that Taylor had a live defence of duress which arose, in part, on the evidence of the prosecution.
The judge then imposed a fine.
Taylor thanked the court for the decision.
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