PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday, November 9, 2014, officers attached to the Drug Unit of the Southern Division received a report and as a result proceeded to the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort.
On arrival, they met with an officer attached to the Customs and Excise Department who gave them certain information and introduced them to three males suspected to be in possession of illegal substances.
They are 43-year-old Anthony Clive Whittey, 19-year-old Chevon Raheem Riley and 23-year-old Jamall Anthony Whittey, a father and sons trio, all of whom are Canadian Nationals.
The suspects were attempting to board flight number 2627 on board West Jet to Toronto, Canada. During individual searches of their person, the officers observed them wearing modified girdles.
A closer examination of the girdles revealed packages containing what is suspected to be cocaine.
As a result, all three Canadian Nationals were arrested and charged for possession of a controlled drug and possession with the intent to export a controlled drug.
They all appeared before the Second District Court in Vieux Fort on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 where they each pleaded guilty on both charges.
Anthony Clive Whittey was sentenced to one year imprisonment for possession of a controlled drug and one year imprisonment for possession with the intent to export a controlled drug.
The sentences are to be served consecutively.
Jamall Anthony Whittey was fined $25,000.00 on the charge of possession and $10,000.00 on the charge of possession with the intent to export whereas Chevon Raheem Riley was fined $15,000.00 on the charge of possession and $5,000.00 on the charge of possession with the intent to export.
They were each given six months to pay whilst in custody or in default eighteen months in prison.