A St James businessman was ordered by the Court to pay over $11-million to the government within six months following his drug smuggling conviction.
Fifty-four year old Ewart Fowler’s troubles with the law started in 2014 when he and his wife were about to travel to Canada.
They were intercepted by the Police who found they were transporting cocaine.
A subsequent search of the couple’s house revealed cocaine valuing over $5-million and international currencies.
These included US1000 dollars, $1400 Canadian and $J28,000.
In 2015 Fowler accepted responsibility for the full weight of the drugs and pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced accordingly.
His wife was freed.
Last Month, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes ordered Fowler to pay 11-million dollars to the government in monthly installments.
If he fails to pay the sum within the specified time, Fowler is liable upon conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years.
The Financial Investigations Division, FID helped to prosecute the case under the Proceeds of Crimes Act.
FID’s Director of Legal Services Courtney Smith says often times defendants are a part of a network of criminals.
He’s urging people to avoid these crimes.
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Courtney Smith, Director of Legal Services at the Financial Investigations Division.