Court

Guilty of trying to smuggle $250,000 of drugs

A Devonshire man is behind bars today after trying to smuggle more than $250,000 worth of cannabis into Bermuda.

Andre Richardson was found guilty of importing the drugs into Bermuda hidden in his suitcases and also possessing the drugs with intent to supply by a jury yesterday.

The 36-year-old was remanded in custody after the verdict at the end of a trial at Supreme Court.

During the trial, jurors heard that Richardson was stopped at LF Wade International Airport on June 5, last year after arriving from Toronto on Air Canada.

Richardson declared more than $1,800 worth of new clothes and other items when he reached immigration and paid more than $400 in duty.

However, his suitcases were searched as he went through the goods-to-declare aisle and customs officers found six blocks of cannabis hidden in the lining of two of his suitcases.

Richardson was detained and arrested at the airport and later denied charges relating to the drugs haul found in his bags at court.

At trial, he took the stand and claimed that he was bringing in the cannabis for his uncle, who was suffering with cancer.

However, jurors found him guilty of importation and possessing the drugs with intent to supply.

Richardson will reappear at the next arraignments session at the beginning of May when a sentencing date will be set.