An airport security supervisor has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill handed down the prison sentence on Donnett Hillaire last week Thursday at the St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court.
The Happy Hill, St. George’s resident who was employed with the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA) at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) at Point Salines, St. George’s was charged with the offences of possession, trafficking, and conspiracy to traffic a controlled drug last December for which he pleaded guilty.
He was jointly charged with another Airport Security Officer, Jaron Mitchell. However, the charges against Mitchell were dropped.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Hillaire’s movement on that day was closely monitored by a member of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force who was stationed at MBIA.
The court was told that the accused who was eventually dismissed by GAA went into one of the rooms at the airport and had it locked.
The former airport security supervisor was later seen loading a suitcase that belonged to a passenger on a flight that was due to depart MBIA onto the conveyor belt.
That suitcase which weighed 62 pounds was then checked by the Police Officer who discovered a Jansport Bag containing three packages of the illegal substance which has a street value of $523,700.
The owner of the suitcase along with Hillaire were detained for questioning, but after indicating to the lawmen that at the time of checking in for the flight the suitcase weighed 49.7 pounds and which was verified, he (the owner of the suitcase) was released by the lawmen.
Hillaire was represented by attorney-at-law, Peter David.