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Trio jailed for smuggling marijuana

Three men have been sentenced to prison terms in connection with a drug smuggling operation during which 116 pounds of marijuana was seized by authorities.

Bronson Hanna, 36; Demario Ferguson, 26, and Vandyke Seymour, 43, were arrested around 7:53 a.m. by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) on May 25, 2010, 5.5 miles off Coral Harbour after marines stopped a pleasure craft, according to the evidence in the trial.

Nine undocumented migrants were also found on the vessel six Chinese and three Haitians. Hanna, who was captain of the vessel, Ferguson, Seymour and the migrants were turned over to police.

Hanna, Ferguson and Seymour were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on May 27, 2010. They were charged with possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply; importation of dangerous drugs; conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply; conspiracy to import dangerous drugs; and assisting with illegal landing in The Bahamas.

Hanna, Ferguson and Seymour were found guilty of the charges before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on Thursday.

Hanna was sentenced to 40 months in prison on the drug charges and one year on the assisting illegal landing charge. The sentences will run concurrently. Ferguson and Seymour were sentenced to 30 months in prison on the drug charges and one year on the assisting illegal landing charge. Their sentences will also run concurrently.

The drugs and money found on the vessel were ordered confiscated.

On August 26, 2010 the migrants pleaded guilty to illegal landing and they were sentenced to time served and ordered deported.

Inspector Clifford Daxon was the prosecutor.

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