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St. Lucian allegedly caught with drugs entered VI illegally

Samuel is currently on remand at the HM prison. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – William Samuel, who is on trial after being caught with allegedly three kilogrammes of cocaine at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in 2010, admitted to entering the Virgin Islands (VI) illegally when he took the witness stand on Friday, March 30, 2012 in the Magistrate’s Court.

The St. Lucian national is facing importation of a Controlled Drug and Unlawful Possession of Cocaine.

Samuel was caught with the illegal substance in his luggage on September 21, 2010 as he was about to be deported to his homeland. Two days prior to that, on September 19, 2010, the accused man was allegedly among twelve illegal immigrants that were picked up at the Castle Maria Hotel.

During cross-examination last Friday, Samuel told Senior Crown Counsel (ag) Sarah Benjamin that he did disembark at Nanny Cay, and admitted not being cleared by neither an Immigration or Customs Officer.

He also revealed that he had visited the Virgin Islands twice before in 1989 and 2000 via LIAT, and stayed by his brother and his brother’s friend on separate occasions.

Before he was arrested in the Road Town Hotel in 2010, Samuel stated he had intended to spend two weeks, where he would do some shopping.

The trial continues, and Samuel, who is on remand, is represented by Stephen Daniels.

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