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Drug trafficker jailed, fined $28M

Drug trafficker jailed, fined $28M

first_imgA South Ruimveldt, Georgetown man who was nabbed by Police while attempting to smuggle cocaine out of Guyana was on Friday jailed.Dennis Jones was also fined $28 million by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan who handed down the decision at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jailed: Dennis JonesIn handing down the sentence, Magistrate McLennan considered the evidence presented to the Court by the prosecution, which was found to be sufficient to convict the 63-year-old.Jones, of Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was charged and remanded to prison in January of this year, for attempting to smuggle 10.618 kilograms of cocaine in custard/baking powder packages and Banko wine bottles, through the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) to Canada.He was subsequently released on bail following a successful bail application by his lawyer.While Jones maintained his innocence before the courts of law, the prosecution contended that it was convinced there was overwhelming evidence to convict Jones of the offence when it presented video surveillance footage from the GPOC, which showed the defendant in action. The prosecution contended that when Police ranks went to Jones’s home to arrest him, he was found hiding in the ceiling.Police reports indicate that Jones was also in 2012 charged and convicted for trafficking over 300 kilograms of cocaine in soap powder to Niger, West Africa, an offence for which he served time at the Camp Street Prison.Jones was deported from the United States after he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.last_img read more