A 36-year-old, English national, who was caught trying to leave the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA), with 5 kilograms of cocaine, has pleaded guilty to Trafficking of a Controlled Drug, when he appeared before the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday.
THE NEW TODAY understands that on November 27, Martin Collins, along with his wife and 2 kids, and their luggage, were taken off the Virgin Atlantic Flight #V052 returning to Gatwick, after a check of one of the suitcases revealed a false compartment with suspicious looking packages.
A detailed search of the luggage (a black and brown Samsonite suitcase), which bore the name of Collin’s 11-year-old daughter, revealed 10 packets containing a white powdery substance concealed within the lining of the suitcase.
During the interrogation process, the UK national reportedly told police investigators that the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value of approximately EC$500, 000, was indeed his and that his wife, daughter and 5-year-old son had no knowledge of it.
Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that the wife and kids were not incriminated and should have left the island last week Friday.
Collins who was slapped with a trafficking charge and remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison, retained the services of criminal defense Attorney-at-Law, Peter David, to assist him.
The UK resident, who is a construction worker by profession, was afforded special treatment by local police escorts as he was taken from the holding cell to the No. 2 Magistrate’s Court using an inside passage way, instead of the usual outside routine used with other prisoners.
After entering the guilty plea, Attorney David informed the court that his client is not the actual owner of the drugs but was paid a sum of “£10, 000” to collect it for a friend, who had financed his family’s trip to and from Grenada.
The attorney requested full disclosure from the State including the test results of the substance, and the Police Prosecution team informed the court that they should be ready sometime this week to comply.
Collins is due in court today (Friday) for sentencing.