Jury finds drug mule guilty

| 25/09/2014

(CNS): A 24-year-old woman from West Bay was found guilty Thursday of smuggling almost three kilos of cocaine (6.28lbs) into Cayman from Colombia hidden inside the wooden slats of three hammocks. It took a jury of five women and two men just over an hour to convict Kenecia Melissa Millwood, who denied knowing anything about the drugs, which were concealed in the hammocks and picked up by customs officers at the airport earlier this year. Millwood claimed she had travelled to Colombia for a short vacation to meet distant relatives she had found on Facebook and while there she had, at the suggestion of a friend named ‘Beanie’ back in Cayman, purchased the hammocks as gifts.

Having taken the stand to give evidence on her own behalf, Millwood told the court that she had been taken to the store to buy hammocks for herself and two family members by her cousin in Colombia. She said she had bought three and then asked for the wooden frames to be varnished.

The defendant had told the court that she did not go to collect the hammocks herself before she left but they were picked up by her cousin and she did not see them until she arrived at the airport in San Andres to return to Cayman. The hammocks were checked with her luggage, Millwood told the court, but when she arrived at Owen Roberts Airport, the customs officers x-rayed the hammocks several times and the drugs were uncovered.

She said she knew nothing at all about the cocaine and she was hysterical and confused when the drugs were found at the airport.

Millwood told the court that she did not believe her cousin knew her friend 'Beanie', who was also known as Wayne, but she was aware that they had spoken with each other several times on the phone while she was there as she had used her cousin’s handset.

The court heard that Millwood had known ‘Beanie’, or Wayne, for nine years and they were close friends who had been in a relationship in the past but she did not know his second name. She also revealed that although 'Beanie’ was no longer her boyfriend, they still sometimes had sex together and he would also find other men to have sex with her for money.

Millwood revealed to the court that she had worked at K-Tone and Karma restaurant part-time but had supplemented that income with the money she earned in prostitution. She told the court it had taken her several weeks to save the money to take the vacation to Colombia and when she was there she bought several things for herself and ‘Beanie’, who had sent her money for the things he wanted.

Although the court heard that the couple had exchanged several ‘WhatsApp’ messages about the hammocks on her last day in Colombia, she denied being a drug mule who was bringing the drugs for her friend ‘Beanie’.

However, the jury were not convinced and returned a guilty verdict Thursday afternoon. Millwood sat quietly in the dock as the verdict was read out and was remanded in custody until her sentencing hearing scheduled for 10 October.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Deportation Order?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beanie sent her $30,000.00 US for 3 hammocks and she
    wasn’t suspicious??????

    • Anonymous says:

      It would be interesting to know how he was able to send this amount of money without the money transfer offices not questioning this.  I remembering trying to pay my credit card bill for $2000 and I had to provide the bank with proof of the source of the funds.

    • Anonymous says:

      Where does it say anywhere that he sent her $30,000?????

  3. Anonymous says:

    What has Cayman's society come to?  We need to be inculcating decent principles into these kids from kindergarten, because they are not getting it at home.  Maybe we'll change tomorrow's generation, but we have lost this one fo sure.

  4. Anonymous says:

    And Beenie gets away by the skin of his teeth. Ms Millwood should take up a career in creative writing! Really now! Who is going to believe that story. You are so broke you have to sell your cr**** but you can't resist a little vacay to Columbia ? Did you pay for that with your cr**** too? God I hope you don't have kids

  5. Anonymous says:

    1. CNS – it is SAN ANDRES, not San Andreas

    2. Why wouldnt she just varnish the hammocks here?

    3. She knows Beenie for 9 years, he was her BOYFRIEND, now her PIMP but she doesnt know his LAST name?? BEENIE/WAYNE IS VERY WELL KNOWN!

    4. It took her a few weeks to save up the money to take the vacation – business as a hooker must have been good!

    5.  Is she Caymanian?

    6.  She was hysterical upon the finding of the drugs – OF COURSE BECAUSE NOW SHE HAS TO TAKE THE RAP FOR HER PIMP. Who is the smart one in this whole matter! BEENIE OF COURSE!!!

    LESSON LEARNED ??? This is why it's better to "BUY LOCAL" 🙂

     

     
  6. Anonymous says:

    This problem of having foreign policemen, (1) they’re lost (2) they knows one (3) locals don’t know & trust them=lost police force!! Gt voter

  7. Anonymous says:

    It doesn't matter if this "Beanie" recommended she bring back the hammocks. He did not smuggle them and there is no evidence to support he advised her to do so, so it would be a complete waste of a trial. It's not what you know, it is what you can prove. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    Don't people know that the "truth will set you free"?   Simply say that yes I am guilty and you will feel so much better.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This guy beanie is well known in Cayman! If the cops wanted him they can catch him easily! But or Brits are more occupied trying to get carribean police oust from their jobs trying to more English policeman! Caymanian

    • Anonymous says:

      Isthis the same Beenie that got shot and died earlier this year?

    • Anonymous says:

      The only Beanie I know was murdered by Mango Tree, (may he RIP)… so maybe your Beanie is only well known to you!

    • Anonymous says:

      Please can you re-submit your post in English. Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      I disagree on the British cops point, but wherever they are from, they seem incompetent and are plainly not catching or dealing with the bad guys, even those in plain sight.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thats because only the English police actually want to do their job and catch criminals, Not stroll around looking like robocop with the latest and greatest expensive designer shades on! Go on rcips catch some criminals if you can/dare!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I guess it would be impossible to locate the pimp Weenie, err Wane Beanie, and somehow get him in court to add color to the story. 

  11. Anonymous says:

    Prostitution? We don't have that here.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow, there's a cautionary tale on life choices.  Stay in school kids.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or at least if you don't stay in school don't be a drug smuggling hooker.