Britons fined, jailed for cocaine
MONTEGO BAY, St James — TWO British men, who were held a week apart at the Sangster International Airport after trying to smuggle cocaine, were last week sentenced to a total of two years and three months, and fined $625,000 after pleading guilty in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
Morgan Lee admitted to trying to smuggle 2 lbs of cocaine when he was held on February 17, while Richard Milne, who was held on February 25, admitted to trying to smuggle 8 ounces.
Both men had ingested the contraband and had to be taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they passed them out. The 38-year-old Lee, who is from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, passed out 53 pellets between February 17 and March 2, while Milne, 47, the father of three children, passed out 17 pellets between February 25 and 28.
Lee, who is a carpenter and the father of six children, told he court he was trying to find money to pay for an operation to his right arm that was injured in an accident.
He was fined $200,000 or six months for possession of cocaine and $250,000 or six months for trying to export, and was admonished and discharged on the charge of dealing.
He will also serve an 18 months' sentence, which will run consecutive to the other six months if the fines are not paid.
Milne, in addressing the court, said "obviously what I did was stupid, I was thinking only of the money". He was fined $75,000 or six months for possession and $100,000 or six months for trying to export cocaine. He was admonished and discharged on the count of dealing.
He was also sentenced to nine months in jail which will run consecutively to the other six months, if the fines are not paid.