Drug mule imprisoned for 15 months
A homeless man who swallowed cocaine in a failed bid to import it to Bermuda has been jailed for 15 months.
Magistrates’ Court heard Zeco Stovell was caught at the LF Wade International Airport on February 15; the day before his 21st birthday.
Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney said he arrived on a flight from New Jersey but was pulled over for an inspection by suspicious Customs officials.
Asked if he had swallowed any narcotics, Stovell admitted that he had. He was taken to hospital for an X-ray which revealed several foreign objects in his abdomen.
He was admitted for observation and eventually excreted two pellets which contained 6.7 grams of cocaine, worth $1500 if sold in half-gram wraps on the streets of Bermuda.
Stovell was discharged from hospital the following day, February 16, and taken to Hamilton Police Station where he admitted during an interview to swallowing the pellets.
He told police he meant to swallow 20 but it was too painful to swallow more than two.
Mr Mahoney said Stovell is unemployed and from Middletown Lane, Pembroke. He has no previous convictions.
Defence lawyer Leo Mills said Stovell has experienced “some considerable personal difficulties as some family members were involved in some shootings.”
He added that the defendant has no fixed address and has been sleeping in his aunt’s basement.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said that while the usual punishment for such an offence would be around three years in jail, Stovell got credit for pleading guilty early and cooperating with the authorities, which resulted in a 15-month jail term.