Albert Baker, a Dominican man who has been living illegally in Antigua and Barbuda, owes the state $95,000 for possession of marijuana and cocaine.
The illegal substances were found in his home in Antigua after it was searched by police.
Police reported that they found a parcel of cocaine at the top of the man’s closet and two Ziplock bags of marijuana under the bathroom face basin.
In March, the Dominican man was charged alongside his partner but he eventually took responsibility for the illegal drugs.
The cocaine was valued at $38,124 while the ganja had an estimated street value of $4800.
When Baker reappeared before Antigua’s Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh yesterday he was fined $15,000 for the marijuana and was told that he would face a year in prison if the money is not paid.
In addition, he has to pay $80,000 for the cocaine or spend 18 months behind bars.
All of the monies must be paid by the end of October.
He is expected to sign into the police station three days a week since he does not have legal status in Antigua and Barbuda.
After he fulfills his sentence or pays his fine in full, he will be handed over to the immigration department to be repatriated to his home country of Dominica.
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“A Dominican man who has been living illegally in Antigua and Barbuda” how can he be living illegally there when he is a citizen of OECS where a citizen of each member states has permanent residence status? DNO explain please
If he entered via illegal means that’s probably the reason according to the OECS they need to have the stamp on their passport or documents, even if indefinite stay and work is allowed for OECS citizens normally.
A lot of corruption of every kind between the Brown paper and Alibaba. So I am not surprised the citizens of those two islands always find themselves in trouble with drugs and corruption. In fact Devon Thomas, the former West Indian wicket keeper / batsman who is from Antigua, was hit with seven counts of corruption charges by the ICC. Before Choksi these two islands had a lot in common and now corruption seems to be the lifestyle of the citizens of these two islands thanks to the Brown paper bag and Alibaba
Mister will escape from Antigua before October.