A Caribbean Airlines flight attendant who was arrested and convicted on cocaine smuggling charges is facing deportation after being sentenced to a two-and-a-half year federal prison term on January 6.
40-year-old Jamaican immigrant Rohan Myers was arrested last September after the flight he was working on arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
During a routine baggage search, officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection asked Myers about athletic compression pants that were in his luggage. Sweating heavily and displaying a nervous disposition during this process, he immediately admitted to cocaine smuggling.
Stating that it was his first drug smuggling attempt, Myers then showed officers the four packages of cocaine underneath his uniform that weighed over 6.5 pounds and were being held in place by another pair of compression underwear.
Myers, who had no previous criminal record, indicated that he had been approached by a man while in Jamaica and was promised $10,000 if he had delivered the cocaine.
Despite Myers’ status as the father of two sons and support from individuals in the local community, U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas indicated that the amount of drugs involved superceded the small role Myers played in the crime.
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