Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday afternoon sentenced the 30-year-old man busted with cocaine in milk powder packets yesterday at the airport to 4 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.
He was also fined $16.3 Million.
The man who was a first time traveler, was identified in court as Safraz Jalaladeen. He described himself in court as a self-employed welder.
His address was given as Riverview, Ruimveldt. According to the Prosecutor, Jalaladeen was about to board a New York bound Caribbean Airlines flight when the CANU agents at the airport acted on a tip off and decided to search the man’s two suitcases.
In the two suitcases, several large packets of what was first thought to be Kerrygold milk powder were found. A closer examination of the contents of the packets confirmed that it was in fact cocaine in the milk powder packets. The cocaine weighed over 12 pounds and carried a street value of over $5 Million.
Jalaladeen provided a statement to the CANU agents and was arrested and charged. The Prosecutor also told the Court that he has also provided additional information that is assisting the CANU agents.
The man would have been a first time visitor to New York city. He told CANU investigators that he was promised US$7,000 to ferry the cocaine to New York. He did not say whether he was paid any advance.
Just one relative appeared at the Courthouse as the cocaine trafficking first time traveler was taken out of the Courtroom in handcuffs to be transferred to jail to begin his sentence.