5 years jail, $136M fine for 143 lbs of cocaine

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Thirty-five-year old boat captain, Damion Williams of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara was sentenced to serve five years in prison and fined $136 million after he was found guilty of trafficking 143 pounds of cocaine, which was found stashed in a gas cylinder.

He was jointly charged with Vaughn Anderson, 32, of Boodhoo Housing Scheme, Parika East Bank Essequibo but the charge was dismissed against Anderson.

Williams was found guilty by Magistrate Rushell Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, who noted that a sufficient case was made out against him.

Williams was caught with the drugs on December 24, 2017, at Boodhoo Housing Scheme.

Anderson was the taxi driver was hired by Williams to be taken from Parika to Georgetown.

On the day of the discovery, ranks from the Force Narcotics Branch acted on information and swooped down at Parika where Anderson’s house was searched.

Ranks came up empty-handed and so they searched his car when they found the cocaine concealed in a gas cylinder.

The taxi driver confessed that he was given the gas cylinder by Williams to transport and did not have knowledge that drugs were inside.

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