The court heard the 6.7g of cocaine which Zeco Stovell had smuggled could be sold on the streets in Bermuda for $1,500. *iStock photo
The court heard the 6.7g of cocaine which Zeco Stovell had smuggled could be sold on the streets in Bermuda for $1,500. *iStock photo

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27: A 20-year-old man was today jailed for 15 months for drug smuggling.

Zeco Stovell, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty to importing 6.7g of cocaine into Bermuda and possession of cocaine with intent to supply on February 15.

The court heard Stovell came to the island on a commercial flight from New Jersey.

Crown counsel Carrington Mahoney told the court he cleared immigration and went to the Customs baggage hall where he collected his luggage.

Mr Mahoney said: “The accused proceeded to Customs where he was directed to a secondary inspection line.

“He went to the inspection bench and was processed at which time was asked questions in respect to his travel.”

Officers told Stovell his luggage would be x-rayed. He asked if he would have to go through an x-ray machine.

Stovell was then asked if he had ingested any illegal substances and told the officers yes. He said he had swallowed “gum”.

After being x-rayed, Stovell was arrested and taken to the Airport Police Station, the Lambe-Foggo Urgent Care Centre and then the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

While in hospital, Stovell passed the pellets.

He told officers he had swallowed two but was supposed to swallow 20. He said he didn’t swallow the rest of the pellets because he experienced pain after swallowing the first two.

The court heard the 6.7g of cocaine could be sold on the streets in Bermuda for $1,500.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner called the offence “callous and sophisticated”.

He sentenced Stovell to 15 months for drug smuggling, with no separate penalty for possession with intent to supply.