A sailor who has assisted criminals to import in Quebec, 81 kg of cocaine hidden in the hold of a merchant ship has been sentenced to six years in prison, a sentence at the end of which he should be expelled from the country.
“It was a simple courier who wanted to earn a measly 2000 $. Individuals with a stable job, a good reputation and no criminal history are exactly what are looking for the traffickers, they attract less attention, ” said the judge to Joey Dubois condemning Roldan of Gorio Tito, this month, at the courthouse in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
The 81 kg of pure cocaine to 79.5 % and worth up to $ 6.4 million were found on the ship, Jacqueline C at the port of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, in 2018.
Tito, 37 years old, was a sailor on the ship, Jacqueline C, in 2018. Originally from the Philippines, married and the father of three children, it was the sustainer of his family in his country, where he was considered an upright man and honest.
But the temptation has got the better of him during a stop in Guyana, in September 2018.
On that day, a security guard of the port was approached by asking him to hide the drugs on the boat which was preparing to sail for Quebec.
“He was asked where drugs could be hidden, the magistrate explained. The evidence shows that Tito has agreed to offer his help. He thought to make a pass to easy money. “
The royal Canadian mounted police released this photo showing the coke input.
The ship has sailed safely to the port of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, in Montérégie, but the border services Agency of Canada has quickly entered the 81 kg of pure cocaine to 79.5 %, with a value of up to $6.4 million.
Immediately arrested, Tito has worked with the authorities, and eventually plead guilty to conspiracy to import narcotics.
“When you consider the amount of drugs seized, its purity, its value in the street and the devastating effects of such a drug with the population, there was no doubt as to the seriousness of the crime is very high “, noted the judge.
It is for this reason that Tito has been sentenced to six years in prison, despite his regret sincere, family situation, and the low risk of recidivism.
Once he has served his sentence, Tito will be returned to the Philippines.
♦ A presumed accomplice, Ahmad Hussein, Nazir, 50 years old, is still waiting to stand trial.