The Jamaican national who was busted with cocaine concealed in a shipment of deodorant bottles was on Monday sentenced to three years in prison.
Easton Stapleton, 54, was also fined G$1.4 million, the street value of the drugs, when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Stapleton was intercepted after he was observed by a Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) officer to be acting suspicious.
According to CANU prosecutor Kunyo Thompson, on the day in question the defendant entered the Guyana Post Office with the intention of posting a package.
He enquired whether the parcel would have to be examined by CANU and upon learning that it must, he left with the package.
The officer who noticed his actions, followed and intercepted him in the vicinity of Fogarty’s Store.
A search was conducted on the parcel and it was then that a whitish substance was found in the roll-on deodorant balls and paper markers.
He was told of the offence, arrested and charged.