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Man jailed for attempting to smuggle goods into Westgate

A St George’s man was jailed for attempting to smuggle a package containing cellphones and other contraband into Westgate Correctional Facility.

Tyevon Bean admitted being in the prison without lawful excuse, and introducing articles into the prison. He changed his plea to guilty in Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The package contained five BlackBerry cell phones, a bottle of white rum, three bottles of dark rum, six packages of Samson tobacco, a package of loose tobacco, two lighters, two packs of Rizla papers, two packages of protein powder and three packages of candies.

The 23-year-old was on probation at the time of the offence.

Lawyer Victoria Pearman told the court her client was taken advantage of by older individuals more savvy than him. She said he was offered $250 to throw the package over the fence at the maximum security prison and that he was an unemployed father, desperately looking for work.

“He is not a career criminal but someone who is a young, misguided individual,” said Ms Pearman.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said: “This is a particularly serious matter that involves the security of all those at Westgate.”

Mr Warner sentenced Bean to 60 days in prison for introducing the articles into the prison with time already spent in custody taken into consideration.

The magistrate then ordered Bean to spend a further 30 days in jail for being in the prison without lawful excuse. He allowed the sentences to run concurrently.

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Published June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm)

Man jailed for attempting to smuggle goods into Westgate

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