Court: 30-Year-Old Admits Importing Cannabis

May 5, 2016

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [May 5], 30-year-old Kieron Francis pleaded guilty to importing 3,932 grams of cannabis into Bermuda in November 2015.

The Crown Prosecutor told the Magistrate that the Bermuda street value of the cannabis ranged between $68,000 and $196,000 depending on how it was sold.

The Prosecutor told the Magistrate that after arriving at LF Wade Airport, Mr Francis had been sniffed out by a K-9 and had then undergone a secondary Customs search.

The search turned up the drugs which had been concealed within an exercise bench. Police later found a grinder and scale were at Mr Francis’s residence after Police executed a search warrant there.

The Prosecutor said that Mr Francis admitted, to Police, that he was to be paid $6,000 for bringing in the cannabis, and that Mr Francis had explained his action to Police by saying that current economic hardships had driven him to do it.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo had told him: “You’re facing a prison sentence” and ordered Social Inquiry Reports, and set sentencing for 30th June.

The Magistrate also suggested to Mr Francis that he should use the time between now and his sentencing to get his affairs in order and granted $25,000 bail with one surety, and ordered him to surrender his travel documents and report to Hamilton Police Station every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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