Fine and confine for trio in $11-million drug bust

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Three men were heavily fined for illegal drugs with which they were caught during an operation by the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP).
Greg Warner of Willikies, who pleaded guilty to supplying and trafficking more than 2,700 pounds of cannabis, was fined $32 million for the first charge and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the second.
Failure to pay the fine by April next year would result in him serving a concurrent jail term of one year.
Gavin Williams of Seatons, who admitted guilt to possession of the same substance and intent to supply, was fined $1.5 million payable by year-end or one year in prison for the first charge.
He was also sentenced to five years imprisonment for the other offence.
Vickram Dindyal of Cassada Gardens admitted to possession with intent to supply 90 pounds of the drug and was fined $100,000 of which $25,000 had to be paid right away.
The balance must be paid by February next year otherwise he will be incarcerated for a year.
An application was also made before Kustice Keith Thom to forfeit the convict’s boat, but that matter was adjourned to March 29 since his lawyer indicated an intent to challenge it.
On Christmas Eve
2015, officers from the ONDCP and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard conducted a successful joint counter narcotics operation in Five Islands.
The officers discovered the cannabis aboard a vessel and the three men were arrested.
At the time Warner was 33, Williams 29, and Dindyal 31.
When weighed, the packages of marijuana amounted to 2706.95 pounds with an estimated street value of EC $10,827,800.

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