63-year-old Dennis Jones- who was previously convicted for trafficking drugs and was again caught by Police attempting to smuggle cocaine out of the country-was today jailed for four years and fined $28 million.
He appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the sentence handed down to him by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.
In handing down the sentence, McLennan considered the evidence presented to the Court by the Prosecution which was found to be sufficient.
McLennan also noted that Jones was previously convicted of a similar offence.
Jones, of Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown was charged and remanded to prison in January of this year, for attempting to smuggle to Canada 10.618 kilograms of cocaine in custard/baking powder packages and Banko wine bottles, through the Guyana Post Office Corporation.
He was subsequently released on bail following a successful bail application by his lawyer.
While Jones maintained his innocence before the courts of law, the Prosecution contended that it was convinced there was overwhelming evidence to convict Jones of the offence when it presented video surveillance footage from the GPOC which showed the defendant in action.
When Police ranks went to Jones’s home to arrest him, he was found hiding in the ceiling, the court was told.
Police reports indicate that Jones was also in 2012 charged and convicted for trafficking over 300 kilograms of cocaine in soap powder to Niger, West Africa for which he served time at the Camp Street Prison.
Jones was deported from the United States after he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.