Silk Road, the digital black market for drugs, weapons and other contraband, shook up the world, showing that dirt could be done online without the boys knowing. A Jamaican father was recently busted for using his 10-year-old son’s laptop to move cocaine, but in a much different way.
Noel Hunter, 31, is now regretting sending his young son into Jamrock’s Norman Manley International Airport with eight ounces of blow concealed in his computer. The boy was destined for the United States, where he would deliver the pack. The boy was held at the airport after his hot hardware was discovered. When Hunter and his wife were questioned, he confessed that he was paid $1,000 to smuggle the coke and promised another $4,000 upon successful delivery.
In court, Hunter pleaded guilty. Before sentencing, his lawyer, Dacia Logan, pleaded for leniency with Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, noting that this was her client’s first offence and that he is a father of three with a fourth on the way. “He is remorseful, he is very sorry for what he did,” said Logan.
Before sentencing, Pusey said, “What is interesting is that he was going to saddle up his 10-year-old son with half-pound of cocaine to carry out of the island.”
The Jamaican Observer breaks down Hunter’s sentence as follows:
Hunter was then given a 24-month mandatory sentence and ordered to pay $150,000 or serve six months in prison for possession of cocaine, $200,000 or six months for dealing in cocaine, and $300,000 or six months for taking steps to export cocaine.
If the fines are not paid, Hunter will spend a further six months in prison as the sentences will run concurrently, but consecutive to the mandatory prison sentence.