Man Fined for Drug Importation

Wednesday 14th February, 2018 – A Dickenson Bay Street man who police charged last April for importing drugs into the country through the post office, was fined $22,000 when he appeared in Court on Tuesday.

Andre Wilfred Simmons appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh to answer charges of Possession of 99 Ecstasy tablets and Possession of 244.5g of Cannabis, Importation of ecstasy and Importation of Cannabis and being concerned in the supplying of both ecstasy and cannabis. On the charge of importation of ecstasy, he was convicted fined $15,000, and $7,000 for importation of cannabis. He was ordered to pay $5,000 forthwith and a monthly payment of $2,500 until the amount is fully paid. Failure to do so, he will spend one year at Her Majesty’s Prison. The other charges against him were withdrawn.

The Court heard that he went to the post office to clear a package which comprised of two speakers, which was sent from Canada. When he was told by customs officers that the package had to be inspected, he hurriedly left the scene, claiming he needed to use the bathroom. The speaker were examined and drugs were found concealed inside. He was later apprehended and charged.

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