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Jamaican sentenced to three years in Guyana

Published:Wednesday | January 2, 2008 | 10:56 AM

A 26 year old Jamaican man has been sentenced to three years in a Guyanese prison and also fined GYD$10,000 after pleading guilty to trafficking in narcotics. Zackre Montague was caught at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, on Christmas Day with 250 grammes of cocaine in his luggage.

He told the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, that a man offered him J$200,000 to fetch cocaine and he agreed to do the job because he was in desperate need of the money. He said the man later purchased a plane ticket for him to travel to Guyana. When he arrived in the republic a man was waiting for him. When he was preparing to leave for Jamaica, the man he met at the airport gave him two tins and told him to give it back to the man who sent him.

Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor Oswald Massiah, told the court that CANU officers who were on duty noticed that Montague was acting in a suspicious manner at the internal scanner and approached him. Mr. Massiah said based on Montague’s response to their questions, he was taken to the external scanner where he was asked to point out his suitcase. He pointed out a black suitcase to the officers who, on checking the interior, discovered two tins. They were searched and the cocaine was found.