A Jamaica Defence Force soldier, who has been convicted for attempting to smuggle cocaine on an Air Canada flight out of Jamaica, will have to pay a fine of $1.7 million or spend time in prison.

Lance Corporal Sedon Maxwell, a 33-year-old resident of Jeffery Town in St Mary, was sentenced when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on March 21.

Detectives assigned to the Narcotic Police Division at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston arrested Maxwell about 4:45PM on June 18, 2017.

Reports are that he was attempting to board an Air Canada flight destined for Toronto, Canada, at the time he was nabbed.

It is further reported that law-enforcers searched Maxwell’s luggage during routine checks, and found five pounds of cocaine inside his luggage.

He, in court, was sentenced to pay JA$800,000 or serve four months imprisonment for Possession of Cocaine, and to pay JA$900,000 or serve four months imprisonment for Attempting to Export Cocaine.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of JA$3 million. Police noted that investigations are continuing.

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