Forty-five-year-old Garnell Goldson, a fisherman of High Street, Port Royal, Kingston was sentenced to 34 years imprisonment at hard labour when he appeared before the Supreme Court in Kingston on Friday, February 11.
Goldson is a major player in the Guns for Drug Trade between Haiti and Jamaica.
On April 14, 2021, about 9:00 p.m., the Narcotics Police were on an operation at the Jam World Fishing Village in Portmore, St. Catherine, when Goldson was arrested. He later confessed to having just arrived from Haiti.
At the time of his arrest Goldson was found in possession of two illegal firearms with 13 rounds of assorted ammunition, approximately 12 pounds of cocaine and sixty-four thousand US dollars (US $64 000.000) which were proceeds of a large quantity of ganja that he trafficked to Haiti.
On his appearance before the court on Friday February 11, Goldson pleaded guilty and was sentenced as follows:
· Two counts of Illegal Possession of Ammunition – five (5) years imprisonment at hard labour on each count.
· Two counts of Illegal Possession of Firearm – eight years imprisonment at hard labour on each count.
· Possession of Criminal Property – three years imprisonment.
· Possession of Cocaine – five years imprisonment at hard labour.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
He was committed to the Circuit Court to answer to additional charges under the Proceeds of Crime Act which will be heard in May of this year.