Three Venezuelan nationals fined 20,000 dollars each for possession of cocaine with intent to supply
Three Venezuelan nationals have been fined 20,000 dollars each for possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
The men were to pay the fine forthwith or spend two years in jail.
A one year jail sentence was also imposed on two of the men for possession of a high powered firearm.
They were asked to pay two thousand five hundred dollars each forthwith for illegal entry or six months in jail.
The men pleaded guilty to several of the charges.
Police says they conducted a search on a home in Bellevue Chopin where the men lived on September 12, and discovered a firearm, 10 rounds of ammunition and 7405 grams of cocaine which carries a street value of 197,700 dollars.
The men told the police they arrived in Dominica between the 18th and the 20th of August in the early hours of the morning on a boat at a beach near Canefield airport.
One of the accused said on the arrival of the police at the home in Bellevue Chopin he threw away the firearm since he did not want any confrontation with law officers.
Defense Counsel Wayne Norde asked the court to impose a fine instead of sending the men to prison.
He said their families were willing to assist and it would be better for the state.
But the magistrate said actions have to be taken to rid the society of drugs and weapons.
All three defendants are to be deported upon completion or payment of the fine.