Sep 06, 2008 News Comments Off on British citizen jailed, fined $2.6M for narcotics trafficking
– claims he was protecting his family
A British citizen was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison and fined $2.6M after pleading guilty to trafficking in narcotics.
Hamid Mohamed Ali was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Wednesday with two kilograms and 945 grams of cocaine concealed in 37 mascara boxes. The man was about to board a flight back to the United Kingdom.
Police Prosecutor Desiree Fowler said that, on September 3, the accused was an outgoing passenger on Caribbean Airlines flight 462 when the police observed him acting in a suspicious manner.
Subsequently his suitcases were searched, and it was revealed that Ali had the drugs concealed in the mascara boxes stashed in the suitcases.
When Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton asked Ali if he had anything to say, he responded that he had done the deed to protect his family.
He added that he has a sister who is an addict and drug trafficker, and the sibling had problems with “some dangerous people” and has since disappeared.
Ali said that people had threatened his family and he was forced to transport the drugs for them.
Ali asked the magistrate to have mercy on him.
Magistrate Octive-Hamilton fined Ali $2.6M and sentenced him to four years in prison.
The Prosecutor then asked for the accused to be deported after he would have finished serving his prison term.
However, none of the investigating ranks was able to confirm whether Ali was indeed a British citizen.
Prosecutor Fowler said that she knows for sure that the man is not Guyanese, because “he was not born here”.
The accused then informed the court that the British Embassy had been in contact with him.
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