Bermudian jailed in Trinidad for drug importation
A Bermudian man has been jailed for five years in Trinidad after attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country.
Che Pennyman, formerly of Hamilton Parish, was stopped by narcotics officers at Piarco International Airport attempting to board a British Airways flight.
A search of Pennyman's luggage found 2.1 kilogrammes of drugs hidden in silver and black packages inside the lining of his laptop bag.
Pennyman, 42, was arrested and appeared at Arima Magistrates' Court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty to drugs offences and was jailed for five years.
Pennyman has convictions for a string of crimes crimes committed in Bermuda and was once described by one lawyer as “a one-man crime wave”.
In 1992 he was jailed for three years after carrying out a number of buglaries which netted him and an accomplice $28,000 in stolen goods.
In 1995 he was given a 12-year jail sentence after carrying out an armed robbery at the Southampton Princess branch of the Bank of Butterfield, during which he fired a gun aimed at the ceiling.
In January 2004, Pennyman was fined $2,750 after admitting damaging a police car, and in May 2007, he was given a one-year jail sentence after stealing steaks and rockfish from a Sandys supermarket.
Last night a Bermuda Police spokesman said: “The Bermuda Police Service can confirm a 42-year-old Bermudian male was arrested in Trinidad for a drug-related offence and we are working with the relevant agencies within that jurisdiction”.