The captain of a Haitian sloop that was used to smuggle 23 pounds of cocaine into the country was yesterday jailed for five years after admitting four drug-related charges.
Terry Nacius, 39, of La Tortue, Haiti, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply; conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply; importation of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to import dangerous drugs at his arraignment before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain.
Police in Matthew Town, Inagua boarded the wooden sloop around 2:15 a.m. on September 21, the prosecutor, ASP Clifford Daxon, told the court.
Police found the drugs that have a wholesale street value of $135,000 secreted away inside a compartment near the hatch, Daxon said.
During an interview with police, Nacius admitted concealing the cocaine inside the boat, along with others, before he made his voyage to The Bahamas.
Before sentence was passed, Nacius told the court, through an interpreter, that he was married and had nine children who depended on him.
As a result of Nacius’ plea, Daxon withdrew the charges against the three women and nine men who were also on the boat.
However, five of them: Alina Aly, Luckenson Pierre, Nelson Joseph, Erode Pierre, and Angeline Lubin were each sentenced to two months in prison after admitting to giving a police officer the wrong name.
Swain recommended deportation for all of the convicts on completion of their sentences and ordered the destruction of the drugs and sloop.
The defendants were all unrepresented and no representative from the Haitian Embassy appeared.