Man admits conspiring to import cannabis
A Warwick man has been remanded into custody over the weekend after he admitted conspiring with others to import cannabis to Bermuda.
Charles Paul, 63, pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place in St George's on September 8 last year, when he appeared in Magistrates' Court this morning.
The Crown accepted his plea and offered no evidence on the charge alleging that Paul had possession of the drugs with intent to supply.
Deputy director of public prosecutions Cindy Clarke told the court that Paul arrived in Bermuda on a flight from Toronto, Canada.
His luggage was checked and customs officers found 15 packages containing plant material in an air mattress box in one of his two suitcases.
Paul was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station, where he told police that he only committed the offence so that he could pay for medical expenses.
He said he was approached by a man in Bermuda, who offered to pay for his medical expenses and an additional $30,000 towards an operation, in return for Paul bringing back the drugs.
It was later determined that Paul had 6,450 grams of cannabis, with a street value of $322,700, stashed in his luggage.
Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded Paul into custody until Monday.
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