3 years jail, $18.2M fine for cocaine in hammocks

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A 26-year-old woman was sentenced to three years and nine months jail and fined $18.2M for trafficking cocaine in hammocks.

Tiffini Tricia Collison, of Guyhoc Park, Georgetown was found guilty at the end of a trial by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Collison was on trial for trafficking 6.742 kilograms of cocaine on September 20, 2017, at DHL Fifth Street Alberttown. Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Konyo Sandiford had told the court that Collison had used her mother’s identification document to post four hammocks via DHL.

The suspicious package was discovered by a CANU rank at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara on September 21, 2017.

The hammocks were saturated with cocaine and were intended for an address in the United States of America. A wanted bulletin was issued for her arrest and four days later, Collison surrendered at CANU headquarters with her lawyer.

Collison, in her defense, explained that she had no knowledge of what was inside the package. The mother of one told the Court that she received the package from a friend in a heavily tinted car and took it to DHL to be shipped to the USA for Keith Brown.

The Chief Magistrate in her ruling explained that the circumstances under which Collison received the parcel is suspicious.

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