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65-y-o taxi driver sentenced for cocaine valued at $11m

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2013 | 5:05 PM

An elderly man who was held with cocaine valued at $11 million has been fined a total of $740,000 or two years in prison.

Resident Magistrate, Simone Wolfe-Reece, ordered that 65-year-old taxi driver Delroy Cole pay a fine of $250,000 or two years for possession, $300,000 or two years for dealing and $200,000 or two years for conveyance.

Before handing down sentencing Attorney-at-Law Earl Delisser made an impassioned plea for leniency.

Delisser said Cole did not waste the court's time adding that his client was a taxi driver and decided to take a chance.

In handing down the sentence the magistrate said sentences will run concurrently if the fines are not paid.

The court heard that on February 20 members of the Trans-National Crime and Narcotics Division were conducting an operation along Featherbed Lane in Spanish Town, St Catherine when a car was signaled to stop.

The police say the vehicle was searched and several sealed packages containing powdered cocaine were seized.

The driver, who was identified as Cole, was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.


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