Court convicts and fines Bright, the attempted drug-smuggler, $25k and gives her two years to pay off sum or spend a year in prison

Taji Tricia Bright, the woman caught by the police attempting to smuggle
drugs out of Antigua, has been convicted and fined $25,000, after appearing in
All Saints Magistrates Court.

Bright, charged for possession of marijuana and cocaine and possession with
intent to supply both drugs, admitted to the possession and supplying

She was reprimanded and discharged on the possession charge and convicted
and fined on the other charges to which she pleaded guilty.
The court gave Bright, 30, of Green Bay, a two-year time period to pay the
sums or she will be imprisoned for one year.

Reports are that the #1 George Street, Green Bay woman was caught at the
airport on May 30, attempting to export drugs out of the country.

When the police searched her during a drug-interdiction operation conducted
by the Narcotics Department, Bright had three packages with the illegal drugs
concealed on her body. Two of the packages contained cannabis while the
other had the controlled drug cocaine.

Reports are that officers went to the airport’s Departure Lounge at about 10
a.m. on the day in question and met Bright, who was waiting to board a flight.
She was detained and taken to Police Headquarters pending further
investigations, while the police seized the drugs.

Officers later executed a search warrant at her home, but nothing of interest
was found there.

The cannabis, weighing 1.4 pounds, has an estimated street value of $3,500;
while the cocaine, amounting to 42.5 grams, is estimated to value $1,487.50.