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Security company owner imprisoned on heroin plot

An extravagant plan to import cannabis for a birthday bash ended with two Bermudian men receiving nine year prison terms at Westgate Correctional Facility.

Kendrick Zuill, 33 of Deepdale, Pembroke and Paul Smith, 51 of East Shore Road, Sandys, both expressed deep remorse in the Supreme Court yesterday for conspiring to import $860,000 worth of heroin on April 26, 2010.

But Zuill insisted that he didn’t know the “controlled delivery” was heroin because he set out to import cannabis for a big birthday party. He was arrested on his birthday, on April 28, 2010.

When police executed a search at his home, they found it all set up, decorated and ready for the birthday bash.

The DHL package was intercepted by authorities and Zuill’s lawyer, Charles Richardson told the court his client laid out exactly what happened.

“He said he knew Smith from bringing in CD’s and DVD’s and asked Smith, who worked for DHL, to help him. Smith said ‘no’, but Zuill persuaded him to help bring in some weed for his birthday party; and away they went.

“My client has a conviction already for herb with intent, he’s a weed man; always has been. All his bank accounts suggest he’s on the up and up in terms of financial business.”

Zuill who had his own security business, Bermuda Protection Services; is well known in the community. He is the man behind the local Stop the Violence and Crime Campaign and recently staged a fun day in St David’s.

Mr Richardson said his client is a “straight up guy who likes to smoke weed”. He went on to say it was a bit “extravagant to bring in herb for a party but he never intended to deal with heroin.

“It was a stupid mistake but the sentence should be five to eight years and no higher.”

Both men expressed remorse just prior to sentencing.

Mr Smith, with a trembling voice said: “I’m very sorry, I’ve tried my best to stay out of trouble. I’ve hurt my family and friends, I lost my job and my mom at the same time.:”

Mr Zuill apologised to his family and Smith’s family as well. “Since my release from prison the last time I’ve been trying to do positive things in the community, and I still want to do positive things.”

Acting Puisne Judge Charlene Scott said: “This is yet another drugs case and thankfully the drugs were intercepted. Both of you were in positions of trust and both of you are known to the courts so that should have been a red flag.

“I will take into account the fact that you didn’t know it was heroin and your guilty pleas but my starting point is eight years.” She handed out nine year sentences to both defendants, with any time spent in custody also taken into consideration, plus one year of probation after their release.

“That will assist you to reintegration back into the community.”

Smith was represented by lawyer Ricky Woolridge, Carrington Mahoney appeared for the Crown.

Kendrick Zuill

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Published March 27, 2012 at 9:50 am (Updated March 27, 2012 at 9:50 am)

Security company owner imprisoned on heroin plot

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