Drug pusher found guilty of trafficking

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Camara Swift has been found guilty of possession of 102 pounds of cannabis, intent to supply it to other people, and drug trafficking. The latter offence carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The 35-year-old man will know on August 15 what punishment will be meted out to him for breaking the Misuse of Drugs Act in Antigua and Barbuda two years ago.

While he awaits his sentence from High Court Justice Stanley John, he will remain on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison.

In the case prosecuted by Crown Counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens, the evidence was that the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) busted Swift with the drugs which he was carrying in his vehicle.

The vehicle had caught the officers’ attention when he came speeding around the corner near the All Saints Police Station around 10 o’clock one night in June 2017. At the time, the ONDCP investigators were conducting an operation in the area.

The officers signalled Swift to stop but he tried to go around them and collided with their vehicle in the process. The cannabis was contained in several vacuum-sealed packages which were packed inside two large crocus bags.

Swift claimed he had no idea the drugs were in the vehicle, and added that he was going to his farm and had only borrowed the vehicle from a friend to get there. He said when he went to borrow the vehicle, his friend was not present but he took the vehicle anyway because the key was in it.

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