Cocaine in ceiling: Woman jailed for 4 years, fined $14.2M
A 50-year-old woman was sentenced to four years jail and slapped with a $14.2M fine for having in her possession over 11 pounds of cocaine for trafficking. News Room understands that the fine is three times the market value of the drugs.
Nickela Craig Singh appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, January 22, 2018, where she pleaded guilty having 5.196 kilos of cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking on January 19, 2018, at Lot 237 Norton Street, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.
Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Kunyo Sandiford told the Court that on the day in question, ranks from CANU conducted a search in the house, when they found the cocaine in five brick-like objects stashed inside the ceiling. At the time, Singh was home alone.
She reportedly told CANU ranks that the drugs were given to her by her brother, Junior Craig Singh.
Meanwhile, during her court appearance, the woman explained that when the CANU ranks visited the house, she told them where the cocaine was hidden and informed them that it was given to her by a friend and not her brother.
“I was confused and called all sorts of people name”, the woman explained.