60-year-old man held with drugs at airport, sentenced
A 60-year-old man, who was last year charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act following a cocaine seizure in Montego Bay, St. James, was on Friday ordered to pay $250,000 or face six months in jail when he appeared in the St. James Parish Court.
The convicted man has been identified as Lloyd Arnold, a resident of Hopewell in Hanover.
Arnold was arrested by the Narcotics Police at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James about 1:00 p.m., on Monday, December 17, 2018.
He had arrived on the island on a flight from Panama and during an interview, his actions and answers to questions aroused the suspicion of police officers.
He was subsequently hospitalized under police guard, where he expelled 14 packages containing cocaine.
He was later charged for Possession of Cocaine—for which he was fined JMD 100,000 or 6 months imprisonment—and Importing Cocaine—for which he was fined JMD 150,000 or 6 months imprisonment. He was also given an additional 9-month sentence; however, this is to be suspended for two years.
The sentences are to run concurrently if the fines are not paid.