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Cayman Island drug mule fined, jailed

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer

Thursday, February 07, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Shane Jackson, a Cayman Island national who claimed he was abducted and forced to try and smuggle cocaine to England was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $175,000 or an additional six months when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The 26 -year-old Jackson was held at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on January 2, and admitted during an interview with police officers that he had ingested over 50 packages of cocaine.

He was then taken to hospital where he was x-rayed and the packages containing the drug flushed from his system. He was subsequently charged.

On Tuesday, defence attorney Chumo Parris told the court that his client had told him he had been abducted by men with guns while taking a taxi from Westmoreland back to Montego Bay.

The court heard that the man who was unemployed but travelled to Jamaica, as "the energy here was therapeutic" was travelling with his passport, which as a Cayman resident "he would have no problems getting into England."

Parris said his client told him he was "overwhelmed with fear" when he was taken to the airport and given a suitcase with a bottle of rum and clothes that he had not seen before.

In handing down sentence, Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong Small said Jackson's story was "questionable" and she thought he had gotten mixed up with "the wrong crowd" after he got here.

Jackson was fined $75,000 or six months for possession of cocaine and $100,000 or six months for attempting to export cocaine.

He was admonished and discharged for dealing in cocaine but slapped with a six-month sentence that will run consecutively with the other jail term. If Jackson fails to pay the total fine, he will serve 12 months.

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