Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill has imposed a $30, 000.00 fine on Osborne Joel Liverpool, who is popularly known as ‘Joey-T,’ on a summary charge of ‘Trafficking a Controlled Drug.’
The fine was imposed on Liverpool when he appeared on February 8 before the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court.
Liverpool and another individual, Ahkir Addulalym were taken into custody by police nabbed in September 2017 after a search of the vehicle they were travelling in revealed approximately 1 kilo of Cocaine, valued at $100, 000.00.
The two were arrested on the Carenage shortly after disembarking the ‘Amelia 11’, a vessel that plies the Carriacou-Grenada route.
Liverpool, who was at the time employed as a Radio Announcer with the ‘BOSS FM Urban Radio Station,’ accepted full responsibility for the illegal substance and the police dropped the charge against Addulalym, a Cameraman with the Government Information Service (GIS).
In mitigating the case on his behalf during the sentencing hearing, Attorney-at-law Peter David urged the court to impose a non-custodial sentence on the grounds that he is a first-time offender.
Chief Magistrate Gill imposed the $30, 000 fine and ordered that the monies be paid to the court within 9 months.
If Liverpool fails to pay the fine within the stipulated time, he faces a default sentence of 3 years imprisonment at the Richmond Hill Prison.