International drug smugglers usually rot in prison for years. Why was the court so easy on Keith Allen?
Admitted drug trafficker and smuggler Keith Richard Otway Allen (above) is a lucky man today because he’s walking free when all reason and legal precedent says he should be in Dodds Prison for years.
Allen spent less than two months in jail after being arrested last November smuggling 65 pounds of cannabis into Barbados. Somebody paid a fine of US$125,000 and Allen walked out a free man. Many men rot away in Dodds for years for far less a quantity of drugs and would love to pay a fine instead. I guess those international drug smugglers aren’t as ‘LUCKY’ as Mr. Allen.
There’s no indication that the judge or Allen’s attorney Sir Richard Cheltenham asked any questions or demanded proof about where the money for the fine really came from. Yup, Allen is one lucky drug smuggler, alright. I wonder if he appreciates how very lucky he is.
Oh yes… Allen is or probably “was” a LIAT pilot, so his drug smuggling involved a certain breach of trust. Of course he got caught during his first time. Everybody gets caught during their first time, don’t they?
Will attorney Sir Richard Cheltenham assist Raul Garcia?
I wonder if Allen’s attorney, Sir Richard Cheltenham, would be so good as to assist Raul Garcia who’s been rotting away in prison for almost 20 years? Mr. Garcia is currently into day 12 of a hunger strike because he is being unjustly held in a maximum security prison on an immigration matter 2 years after being released from serving a 20 year sentence for drug smuggling.
How about it, Sir Richard? Will you take some time to try and assist Mr. Garcia? Please?
Here’s the article from The Nation. Please read it at their website, but we have to put it up here because the Bajan press has this terrible habit of adjusting history when they feel like it… Continue reading
Guyana: Drugs in agricultural exports “destroying the national interest and livelihood”
Narcotics concealed in agricultural and wood products shipments from Guyana are so prevalent that the country’s Agriculture Minister recently called the problem a “living nightmare.”
Barbados imports hundreds of tonnes of Guyanese products each year, and the recent series of articles in the Guyanese news media has us thinking about what else is arriving on our shores in addition to plantains and lumber. The above photo is of cocaine discovered in Jamaica that was concealed in a shipment of lumber from Guyana. In that case authorities believe that Customs or shipping officials were working with the drug gangs.
It’s not impossible to smuggle large quantities of drugs without the cooperation of crooked officials, but something tells me that as in the Jamaican cocaine shipment, no criminal organisation smuggles half a million dollars worth of narcotics by leaving things to chance.
You want to stop large drug shipments into Barbados?
Look at the homes, vehicles and other assets of Customs and other officials and see if they are reasonable for the level of salary and length of employment.
If a certain Port of Barbados official drives a BMW, is that reasonable?
Hey… we’re just asking!
Demerara Waves: Drugs in agri-exports a “living nightmare” – Minister Persaud
Other Barbadians involved “Arrests not over”
– US Indictments in massive money laundering and drug smuggling through Barbados.
– US$300+ million dollar profits being seized by US Government
– “Bourne Organization” kingpin Victor D’Acosta Bourne used violence, threats against witnesses, airport workers, debtors, dealers
– American Airlines personnel involved in smuggling tons of drugs over a 10 year period. Ships also used.
– Drugs came from Caribbean where “Bourne Organization” members placed drugs on American Airlines flights “throughout the Caribbean” including Barbados.
– Brooklyn and Barbados businesses used as cover for smuggling, distribution, money laundering.
Drugs are big business and that reality is no different in Barbados – which now finds itself the focus of worldwide attention in the fight against organized crime.
With only three persons charged, but allegations of a multi-country conspiracy heavily based in Brooklyn and Barbados, there have to be some other very worried folks in Barbados right now. We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars, tons of drugs and violence by a criminal organization that has tentacles “throughout the Caribbean”, according to the US Attorney’s office.
Is this related to the Suleman Esuf case? Continue reading