Dominican drug mule jailed for 9 years in Malta
( -  A 39-year-old man was jailed for nine years and fined €23,000 after he admitted to conspiring to traffic just over 740g of cocaine in 2009.

Richard Andrews Perez Oberght, a Dominican Republic national who resided in Spain, had been arrested in a Sliema hotel on 19 November, 2009. Medical examinations at Mater Dei Hospital confirmed that he had swallowed 80 drug-filled capsules.

These capsules contained 740.41g of cocaine which was 27.2% pure, and with an estimated street value of €56,271.

Mr Perez had met a fellow Dominican Republic national in Rotterdam, and accepted to smuggle the drugs for a €4,000 payment. He arrived in Malta on a flight from Brussels, accompanied by a female friend in a bid to avoid raising suspicions.

But he was ultimately caught, and with a jury trial imminent, he opted to admit to conspiring to traffic the drug, as well as to its importation and aggravated possession.

A plea bargaining agreement recommended a nine-year jail term and a €23,000 fine, and Judge Lawrence Quintano decided that this would be an appropriate sentence for Mr Perez, who faces an additional year in prison if the fine is not paid in two months.

Dominican Watchdog Note: In the last couple of months the DNCD *Dominican Drug Agency found more than 3 tons of cocaine in and around the Dominican Republic. So imagine what manage to leave the island!! Every week drug mules are boosted in the Dominican airports also!! 



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