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Man jailed for attempting to smuggle $200,000 of cocaine

An unemployed homeless man who tried to smuggle more than $200,000 worth of cocaine into the Island was yesterday jailed for five years.

Randy Robinson, 56, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to conspiring to import a controlled substance. He also admitted another count of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Crown counsel Kirsty-Ann Kiellor said a Customs search at LF Wade International Airport on August 19 found 911.41g of cocaine hidden in air-locked packages, welded into the corners of Robinson’s suitcase.

Ms Kiellor said Robinson immediately told police that he was unemployed and had agreed to purchase and smuggle the cocaine for cash.

The estimated street value of the drugs was around $218,000.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner sentenced Robinson to five years’ imprisonment for both charges with the time to run concurrently.

He described the incident as a “callous importation for money”.

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Published September 08, 2011 at 9:52 am (Updated September 08, 2011 at 9:52 am)

Man jailed for attempting to smuggle $200,000 of cocaine

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