Guyanese hotelier, Shervington “Big Head” Lovelle, has been sentenced to 11 years in jail by a US Court after pleading guilty US Drug Conspiracy charge in New York.
Lovelle who is a part-owner of the Tower Suites Hotel and also owns other hotels in Guyana was extradited to the US from Jamaica in 2018.
He was arrested along with a number of other suspects in a major US drug investigation that covered Guyana, Jamaica and New York.
While some of the other suspects had entered guilty pleas just after their arrest, Lovelle maintained his innocence and was set to go on trial in 2020 when he decided to change his plea to guilty.
Lovelle was charged in 2018 for allegedly conspiring with others to ship more than 1300 pounds of cocaine to The Netherlands in a drug trafficking operation that involved laundered money from South Africa and other countries, according to US Court documents.
In Court documents, US agents said that the cocaine was found aboard a “stateless” vessel in international waters back in July 2018.
According to the US agents in their indictment, the Guyanese hotel owner met with other suspected drug traffickers in Guyana in June of that year to plan the shipment. He also met with other drug traffickers in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he owns a house.
While Lovelle was meeting with his co-conspirators, he was being watched and monitored by US agents.
At the time of his arrest in Jamaica, local security officials said his arrest was long in the making and there was cooperation between drug enforcement agents in a number of countries including Guyana where he operated several businesses.