Canadian cleared of smuggling fentanyl – The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community

Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

Canadian cleared of smuggling fentanyl

A man accused of smuggling the controlled drug fentanyl to Bermuda was found not guilty last night.

Craig Lawrence was also cleared by a Supreme Court jury of possessing the synthetic opiate with intent to supply.

The Canadian national from Markham, Ontario, had always denied importing the drugs sometime between an unknown date and December 15, 2016, and possessing the drug on December 20, 2016.

The jury sent a series of notes to the court during several hours of deliberations.

In response, Judge Charles-Etta Simmons told the jury that Mr Lawrence could be found guilty of the charges before them only if he knew the drug imported was fentanyl.

During the trial, the court heard evidence from Jacqueline Robinson that Mr Lawrence had invited her on an all-expenses-paid holiday shortly after they had started a relationship in Canada.

The jury heard that the couple spent the night before they were due to fly to Bermuda with friends of Mr Lawrence in a hotel.

Ms Robinson said that the next morning Mr Lawrence and another woman showed her a stash of drug pellets in the hotel bathroom and told her to swallow them.

She testified that Mr Lawrence told her the pellets contained cannabis, and that if she did not swallow them, she would never go home again.

Mr Lawrence and Robinson arrived in Bermuda on December 15, 2016, and the pair went to the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club, where she threw up 44 of the 45 pellets.

She then gave the pellets to Mr Lawrence, who put them in the hotel safe.

Robinson then fell ill, and was rushed to hospital.

According to prosecutors, the pellets contained fentanyl rather than cannabis, and a ruptured pellet caused her illness.

Robinson admitted her involvement in the plot to smuggle drugs into Bermuda at Supreme Court and had been jailed for seven years.

It is The Royal Gazette's policy not to allow comments on stories regarding court cases. As we are legally liable for any libellous or defamatory comments made on our website, this move is for our protection as well as that of our readers.

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published February 14, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated February 14, 2018 at 7:00 am)

Canadian cleared of smuggling fentanyl

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon