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Airport worker fined for attempting to smuggle ganja
2012-12-24 13:23:15 | (0 Comments)
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Thirty-year-old old ramp attendant Bradford Wallace who attempted to put a suitcase with ganja on an aircraft has been fined a $175,000 or one year and nine months' imprisonment.
He was also given a three-year suspended sentence at the end of his trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes found Wallace guilty last week Thursday, of charges possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and taking steps to Export 32 pounds of ganja.
The court was told that on November 16, 2009, Contraband Enforcement Officers at the Sangster International Airport saw Wallace and a co-worker from AJAS Limited attempting to put a suitcase containing 32 pounds of ganja on an aircraft.
Reports also indicate that the men ran when attempts were made to stop them.
Wallace was caught nine months after the incident while his co-worker has not yet been apprehended.
In his unsworn statement, Wallace said his co-worker forced him at knife-point to run when the Customs Officers called out to them on the ramp.
He denied having any knowledge of the ganja in the suitcase.
Resident Magistrate Barnes sentenced Wallace to two years' imprisonment but suspended it for three years.
She warned Wallace that if he were found guilty of any offence within the next three years then he would have to serve the two-year sentence.
The trial was conducted over several days in October and November.
Wallace was represented by attorney-at-law Martin Thomas.
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