Man remanded for drug importation

A man was remanded in custody for drug importation yesterday despite a plea that he needed to care for his sick mother.

Magistrates’ Court heard that customs officers at LF Wade International Airport found cannabis resin worth almost $123,000 on May 30 in a package addressed to Michael Johnson.

Officers inspected the package and the two machine parts inside and found a plantlike material when they removed a drill bit.

A further inspection found 1,229.7 grams of cannabis resin hidden in the machine parts.

Police were alerted and tracked the package as Johnson made arrangements to have it delivered to him on July 3.

Officers confronted Johnson and searched his home in Hamilton Parish after the parcel was handed over and arrested him.

Johnson, 51, admitted the offence yesterday.

Maria Sofianos, for the Crown, asked that Johnson be remanded in custody until a social inquiry report on him was completed.

Kamal Worrell, for the defence, argued that his client was the sole caregiver for his elderly mother, who had suffered heart attacks and strokes.

Ms Sofianos said that Johnson admitted the charge in March this year and had missed previous court dates.

She added that he had “ample time to get his affairs in order”.

Magistrate Tyrone Chin remanded Johnson in custody until February 4 for a social inquiry report.

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