$30k fine, 3 days community service for US national caught with 12 joints
Delroy Julius Seaforth, of New Jersey, United States of America, who was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with 12 rolled joints, was on Friday fined $30,000 and ordered to complete three days of community service.
The 30-year-old appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Diamond Magistrate’s Court and admitted to trafficking 16.8 grams of cannabis on February 23, at CJIA.
Seaforth, who was an incoming passenger, was found with the rolled joints during a search at the airport by officers of the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) and Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).
The foreign national told the court that he is visiting Guyana to attend a funeral and is expected to return home next Tuesday.
Magistrate Latchman, before handing down her sentence, took into consideration that Seaforth is a US national, a first-time offender, and would be leaving the country soon.
In addition to his fine, Seaforth will have to carry out his community service at the Vigilance Police Station.