Two Jamaicans have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the United States after being implicated in the trafficking of cocaine from Jamaica to New York.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia, 46 year old Avon Shuttleworth, who is from Rosedale, New York is to be sentenced after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
The other Jamaican, 52 year old Courtnay Drummond of Brunswick, Georgia will be sentenced after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
The pleas subject the two defendants to statutory sentences of five to 40 years in federal prison, along with substantial financial penalties. This will be followed by a period of supervised release.
There is no parole in the US federal prison system.
It's reported that in March 2020 law enforcement teams initiated an investigation of cocaine trafficking from Jamaica into the New York City area.
The two Jamaicans and another conspirator met on March 14, 2020 in New York, when Drummond agreed to deliver two kilograms of cocaine to a buyer in Baltimore.
The following day, a Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled Drummond over for tailgating another vehicle.
During a subsequent search of the car troopers reportedly found the two kilogram bricks of cocaine.
Agents on a federal search warrant later searched Shuttleworth's New York residence and found a ledger detailing drug transactions and a large press used to make large drug bricks.