Cocaine smuggler jailed for 12 years

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A drug smuggler caught importing cocaine while on probation for heroin trafficking has been jailed for another 12 years.

Rudolph Travers Clarke was jailed for more than seven years in the United States in 2012 for his part in a $3.9 million heroin importation plot to bring drugs into Bermuda.

Clarke was brought back to Bermuda to serve the last part of his sentence at Westgate and released on parole in April 2014 after serving just over three years behind bars.

But within months of his release, the 47-year-old was detained by police in Hamilton after picking up a parcel from a courier company containing 445 grams of cocaine.

Prosecutors told the court that the drugs could fetch as much as $117,000 if sold on the streets of Bermuda.

Clarke fled the island, but he was located in the Bahamas and extradited back to Bermuda in June.

He was convicted this week by a jury of conspiracy to import a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply after a Supreme Court.

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