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June 27, 2014
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Tourist held with 52 cocaine pellets faces fine
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A visitor to Jamaican shores, accused of smuggling 52 pellets of cocaine into the island, was ordered to pay a fine or face imprisonment when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

Charged with possession of cocaine is Lloyd Richard Ossain.

accosted at airport

Allegations are that Ossain, on arrival in the island from Guyana, was accosted by airport officials at the Norman Manley International Airport.

Ossain was reportedly found to have ingested a quantity of cocaine. Police personnel were alerted to the incident and later transported the accused to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he reportedly excreted 52 pellets of the illicit substance.

The pellets were reported to have a total weight of 1.5 pounds (680 grams).

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey ordered the accused man to pay a fine of $100,000 or serve six months in prison. A fingerprint order was also made.

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