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9 years for ice man

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, July 31, 2014

US national Gregory Wilcox Stires has been sentenced to nine years and six months in jail after being convicted of carrying 3.8kilograms of methamphetamines at the Nadi International Airport earlier this year.

Stires, who was charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs, was served with a unanimous guilty verdict by assessors following a three-day trial.

According to the court, the 60-year-old arrived into the country on February 2, carrying a brown suitcase.

After a search by Customs officials, a package containing the illicit drug was found within the rim of the suitcase.

Tests later confirmed that it was methamphetamines.

In sentencing, Justice Sudharshana De Silva said from the evidence it was clear that the accused had entered Fiji knowing that the drug was hidden in the bag.

He said Stires showed no remorse over the offence.

Justice De Silva said the only tariff in Fiji set out for the possession of methamphetamines was 10 to 16 years imprisonment for quantity of more than 5kg by the High Court.

"I am of the view that the acceptable tariff for two to five kilograms should be eight to 14 years imprisonment."

The father of two was ordered to serve eight years of his nine-year prison term before he could be considered for parole.

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