La-Toya Kenisha Smart admitted to a Barbados court on Monday to bringing into the island one pound
of marijuana. She is now on remand awaiting her fate on June 20.
Immigration officers searched the luggage of the 25-year-old Guyanese upon her arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport, on a flight from Guyana on Saturday, and found eight packets of the prohibited drug.
As though wanting to send a message to visitors of the treatment they would receive when attempting to smuggle drugs into the island, the Barbadian newspapers plastered photos of the young mother lugging a plastic bag of her belongings on her way to and from the Magistrate’s Court B, where she pleaded guilty, after spending the weekend in the lockups.
After the magistrate remanded her for 28 days to await sentencing, some Guyanese residents on the island voiced the view that young people back home should see what happens to those who fall for the temptation of quick dollars through smuggling drugs.
Such smugglers are usually slapped with a hefty fine and deported. Upon failing to pay they are made to serve between two and four years in the Barbados prison.
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