A disabled Jamaican who was found in possession of just over 15 pounds of ganja hidden in his wheelchair at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago, managed to escape jail time in the country recently, THE STAR has learnt.
Charged with marijuana trafficking is 33-year-old Kevon Francis who pleaded guilty to the offence. He was reportedly placed on a bond to keep the peace for two years following his guilty plea. The accused also pleaded guilty to two additional charges for importing an illegal substance and failing to declare the narcotics on his customs declaration form.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, the attorney representing the accused man submitted that prison authorities would not be able to properly care for her client as his medical condition worsened during his two-and-a-half year stay at a correctional facility in the country.
It was revealed that the accused man was kept in unsanitary conditions, was forced to stay in his disposable diaper for days and was only allowed to bathe once a week, with the assistance of fellow inmates.
The accused man's lawyer claimed that her client was remorseful for committing the offence, as he had claimed to smuggle the illicit substance out of sheer desperation, making attempts to earn money for his family in his mother country.
Francis reportedly admitted to accepting approximately J$35,000 from a drug smuggler to carry out the activity.