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Wheelchair drug smuggler sentenced

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 10:23 AM

The wheelchair-bound man, who was arrested and charged for attempting to smuggle cocaine and ganja out of Jamaica via the Sangster International Airport, was handed a mandatory two years and four months sentence in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Forty-two-year-old Miguel Robinson was also fined a total of $1.3 million for the various charges.

The charges include dealing in and attempting to export cocaine, possession of, dealing in and attempting to export ganja.

Robinson was arrested at the Sangster International on May 6 while being processed to leave the island on a Caribbean Airlines flight destined for the Bahamas.

The 12 packages of ganja and one package of the cocaine, were found in the battery compartment of his wheelchair during a routine security search.

If Robinson fails to pay the fines his sentence will run consecutively, meaning he will be forced to serve a total of four years and seven months in prison.

He was also informed in court that his wheelchair and his other belongings would be returned to him after he has served his sentence.


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