Man sentenced for smuggling drugs on St. Barth’s ferry

POSTED: 07/26/16 6:45 PM

St. Maarten News —A man residing on from French St. Martin has been sentenced to 24 months, 12 of which are suspended for his involvement in attempting to smuggle large quantities of marijuana and cocaine through a St. Barth’s ferry. Alexander Dorville, a 21-year-old resident was also sentenced on Wednesday to three year probation.

Dorville was arrested on June 14 by customs officials at Bobby’s Marina after he was found with 5.33 kilos of marijuana and 835 grams of cocaine.

He told the judge a man in the neighbourhood approached him and gave him a bag to carry with marihuana to St. Barths. He said he was not aware cocaine was also in the bag.

“I am sorry. I did not know that marijuana is illegal,” Dorville apparently told the Parole Board’s report.

The prosecutor was not convinced. Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij said it was unbelievable that the defendant would have been sent out on a ferry with illicit drugs valued between US $30,000 and $40,000 by someone he does not know.

Attorney-at-law Sjamira Roseburg said her client was thinking about survival. The judge in the end said the defendant made himself an “easy target” to transport that high quantity of drugs/.

A milder sentence was handed down in light of the suspect’s personal circumstances.

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