KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A Vincentian rural constable has found herself on the wrong side of the law in Barbados.
A Bridgetown magistrate on Thursday fined Alison Susan Louis, 44, BD$175,000 (EC$236,250) in relation to four drug-related crimes.
Inspector David Welch, public relations officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, said in a statement that Louis was charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to supply cocaine, and importation of cocaine.
“On arrival by air on Wednesday 12th October from St. Vincent, Louis was interviewed by Drugs Squad personnel and was referred to Customs. A search discovered two packages containing cocaine in her underwear. The total weight was 1 lb,” the statement said.
Louis appeared at the District B Magistrate Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the offences.
In relations to the possession of cocaine charge, Louis was convicted, reprimanded and discharged.
However, she was fined BDS$75,000 (EC$101,250) or three years in prison for trafficking in cocaine, BDS$50,000 (EC$67,000) or three years in prison for possession with intent to supply cocaine, and BDS$50,000 or three years in prison for importation of cocaine. The sentences will run concurrently and the fines were not paid as of Thursday, according to Barbadian media reports.
Louis joins a list of Vincentian law enforcers who have been charged with crimes recently.
The list includes three cops who were this year reinstated after being convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to a 15-year-old boy, who was hospitalized and unconscious for seven days after being beaten by the cops in 2009.
Other cops have been charge with crimes including sexual assault and theft.