Cummings Lodge man says he swallowed cocaine pellets for family

A Cummings Lodge man was yesterday sentenced to four years in jail and fined $2.5 million after he admitted to swallowing pellets containing two pounds of cocaine and attempting to board a plane to Canada.

“I needed the extra money to help my family, pay for school fees and bills and to take care of my handicapped child,” Julius Fidel Watkins, 39, told Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in Georgetown, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of narcotics for trafficking.

Watkins told the court that he was really sorry for his actions and his plea for mercy was echoed by his attorney, who emphasised the fact that his client, who has an autistic child, is the sole breadwinner for his family…..