Venezuelans jailed for cocaine, firearms possession and illegal entry

Three Venezuelan nationals are now inmates at the stock farm prison after they failed to pay a “forthwith fine imposed ” by magistrate Bernard Pacquette on Monday.

They faced charges of cocaine possession with the intent to supply, firearms and ammunition possession and illegal entry into Dominica.

Ramon Francisco Ramirez Espinosa, Javier Jose Alcantra Natera and Luis Manuel Villarroel Hernandez were each fined 20,000.00 for possession of cocaine or default two years in jail.

They were also fined $2,500 for illegal entry or in default six months in the slammer.

Javier Jose Alcantra Natera and Luis Manuel Villarroel Hernandez also pleaded guilty to possession of a Tanfoglio force 99 SAPI 9mm pistol without a valid license.

They were jailed for one year on that offense.

On the charge of ammunition, they were given no separate penalty.

They were ordered to be deported from the country after serving their sentences.

The three were arrested on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in a house at Bellvue Chopin.

It was reported that cocaine amounting 5,500 grams were found in their possession.

They also had in their possession two 9 mm pistols and 22 rounds of live ammunition.

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20 Comments

  1. NKRUMAH KWAME
    September 18, 2018

    Mr. Pacquette,
    I do not know if you were the same magistrate who dealt with the recent case of a national from Morne Prosper? (from the Roseau Valley)who was found with a gun and live ammunition but I am NOT at all in agreement with this LIGHT sentence. The person in question was charged $15000.00 on each count for the gun and ammunition or SEVEN years on each count if he did not pay. In this case, three FORIGNERS are found with cocaine, guns, ammunition and entering the country illegally, and they are given TWO years if they don’t pay the fine of $20000.00? Why the apparent leniency towards the foreigners? Let us be serious about these gun crimes FINE and CONFINE these …..

  2. jamie
    September 18, 2018

    these guys will be sent back and free in a few days,Skerrit has to make the call to Maduro firsr.

  3. sisserou
    September 18, 2018

    DNO, your headline should read: “Venezuelans go scotch free” :-?

    • Me
      September 18, 2018

      That might Apple if these men were whisky drinkers. The expression is “scot free”.

      • Sisserou
        September 18, 2018

        Its not apple, is apply

  4. hmmmmmmmmmmmm
    September 17, 2018

    ll crime should punished by law, does not matter is you from dominica or Guam.

    wasn’t alexander beaupierre from Hillsborough street recently fined $15,000 for aa firearm or 7 years in jail

    also $15, 000 for ammunition or 7 years in jail to run concurrently ?
    to run concurrently

    why no fine for 22 live bullets. Im guessing the came to collect their sons

    ADMIN: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/morne-prosper-man-fined-30000-for-illegal-firearm-and-ammunition/

  5. Red Fool
    September 17, 2018

    Skerrit has opened a ‘FREE WAY’ between Dominica and Venezuela and therefore Dominica is the highway for kinds of evil. The man has destroyed our country and the Skerritites are not seeing that. According to ‘Not me alone’ they think is UWP they hurting not realizing is their future and the future of the children. Skerrit destroyed everything the people had to earn a living, from their bananas to Ross University and yet the people not realizing that Skerrit’is leading them to the way of Venezuela. With what we went through from Maria, many of us would like to run to the US for a vacation or medical checkup. But folks, if your US Visa is expired Skerrit caused the US to punish us by requiring us to pay money to Barbados, pay for hotel and other fees just to renew your Visa. Meanwhile PM Brown of Barbados, which was also punished, address his people but Skerrit says nothing, while Tony taljs his usual nonsense. But Skerrit’s children are Americans and will not be affected but you…

  6. Perfect Idiot
    September 17, 2018

    I don’t know where DNO got this information from but since it has to do with the court I guess it is safe to say that it is police news. That being the case why do they not use language everyone can understand? How many people understand what 5500 grams of cocaine is since most of us were schooled in ponds? Why not just say they were caught with 12.5 1bs of cocaine? Also, “They were also fined $2,500 for illegal entry or in default six months in the slammer.” Somehow it does not appear that the authorities wanted us to know if that $2500.00 was because they entered here illegally or because they overstayed by 6 months? Is it by design so say they entered legally we don’t start to question on which air line or if they were searched. I just find the report they passed on is confusing and seems like there are things they hiding from us

  7. Lapo Ameh
    September 17, 2018

    Being sent to jail in Dominica compared to being returned to the economic chaos that is in Venezuela is like being rewarded for their crimes. At least they get toilet paper here. I guess crime does pay.

  8. RBD Cenema
    September 17, 2018

    Like Alereza Monfared, more foreign criminals were allowed to stay in Dominica for six months. Like Monfared, who was a friend of the PM and the big boys of the DLP, the question is, what else were they able to bring to Dominica? Yes, I understand 6 months later they were caught with 2 fire arms, ammunition and 5500 grams of cocaine, but who knows how many fire arms, ammunition and cocaine they were able to distribute during their 6 month illegal stay. My next question is, did they come here by plane, boat or by those private planes that landing when people sleeping and airport lights shutting off? They were also fined $2,500 for illegal entry OR in default six months in the slammer. I guess this report. That sounds like a well organized plot with help from some big boys here and I guess the US spies maybe asked questions so to make them feel that we are not a lawless country, they arrested those guys and used the court to put on a show. Sorry I can’t trust a very corrupt system

  9. OUTRAGED
    September 17, 2018

    This is a ridiculously light sentence for such serious criminal conduct. These drug dealers were in possession of 5.5 kilos of cocaine, 9mm hand guns and were in the country illegally. 5.5 kilos of cocaine has a street valued of $737,000 EC. Under federal law in the U.S. the minimum sentence would be 12.5 years in prison if they had no criminal record. With a record a 20 year sentence is likely. These guys were big time, big money, violent criminals who came to Dominica to sow their seeds of destruction for profit. Drug addiction and murder is what they have brought to our shores. Now they get a slap on the wrist and trip back to our trusted ally Venezuela. COME ON DOMINICA – WAKE UP!

  10. Child Of God
    September 17, 2018

    That is joke jail

  11. Sams
    September 17, 2018

    Bernard that alone u give them u should loss there keys our children that will surfer

  12. It's my damn business
    September 17, 2018

    Lol they would be stupid to pay that much money when they know Skerrit got US$100 million dollars from their corrupt President. I believe these guys did the right thing because unless they are opponents of Maduro, Skerrit and Maduro will plan a release method, either through deplomacy or some monies will talk where the prison guards will be asked to go home because of hurricane curfew and low and behold, them boys will catch a midnight flight to Venezuela and will go down as MISSING and to play the game, they will announce a payment for their capture. We talking about two corrupt leaders that will do anything to stay in power.

    • piece of peace
      September 17, 2018

      LOL.. OMG you guys spend too much time watching TV!

    • %
      September 17, 2018

      What I like about your blogg is the last sentence…. Boy Mr and them corrupt!!!!! Way Papa!!!!
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Sue Donym
      September 17, 2018

      So is skerrit that make them bring the drugs eh? Boy you UWP people real sour boy……jah

      • RandyX
        September 18, 2018

        No not sour but totally fed up with corruption, crime, lies, nepotism and incompetence. It appears you are one that’s quite happy with that. Speaks volumes about what kind of person YOU are!

      • Sue Donym
        September 18, 2018

        Actually Randy fed up of corruption lies crime nepotism all of thes words you quote from the dictionary had what to do with the Venezuelans and their drugs again??? You UWP people are so desperate it’s almost laughable… I see now why every article which is posted on here especially those that have nothing to do with the government, people comment on here “let me see how this is Skerrit’s fault now” Jokers

  13. September 17, 2018

    What about the owner of the house?

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