A 37-year-old drug courier who was caught smuggling 10 pounds of cocaine from Suriname was yesterday jailed for two years.
Lucas Lewis, of Frobisher Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, 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 and conspiracy to import dangerous drugs at his arraignment before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain.
Lewis first came on the police radar at Lynden Pindling International Airport on May 24 as he was headed to the former Dutch colony.
The prosecutor, ASP Clifford Daxon, said that Officer 3891 Larrimore stopped Lewis, with whom he was familiar, and searched his Samsonite suitcase.
Daxon said Larrimore noticed that the suitcase had been altered and allowed Lewis to continue on his journey.
Larrimore encountered Lewis again when he returned to the country. This time, he was only carrying a small black travel bag, the court heard.
Larrimore asked him if that was the only luggage that he had and Lewis told him that his suitcase had been left in Suriname.
However, Larrimore found the suitcase that had Lewis’ name on it on the conveyor belt and found the drugs inside a secret compartment.
In an interview, Lewis told police that a woman had given him the bag in Suriname and he was to receive $1,200 after a third party collected it.
Lewis has numerous drug convictions dating back to 2005.
Swain said, “You have a catalogue of drug convictions. Why shouldn’t I impose the maximum sentence?”
Lewis asked the court for leniency. He said his daughter was going to celebrate her eighth birthday next month and he didn’t want to spend too much time away from her.
Explaining his previous convictions for drug possession with intent to supply, Lewis said, “I smoke [marijuana]. They were only couple bags.”
Swain told Lewis that she hope he reflected on the “lives you have destroyed through drug dealing” during his incarceration.
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