Tourist faces $43K cocaine charge

A 31-year-old Florida resident pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to supply Wednesday, after he was caught with the drugs in a carry-on bag at the Lyden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) valued at $43,000.

Tommy lee Williams of Miami gardens,  appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain charged with one count of possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply, one count of conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs, one count of conspiracy to export dangerous drugs and one count of taking preparatory steps to export dangerous drugs.

It is alleged that on Saturday August 18th, Williams was attempting to board a Jet Blue flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when his gray carry-on bag was selected for a secondary search. During the search, officers said they discovered three packages of suspect cocaine weighing around 6.4 pounds.

Williams pleaded guilty to all of the charges and was sentenced to three years for each count, which the judge order to run concurrently. Before sentencing, the father of five begged the court for leniency.

He is expected to be deported after serving his time.