HAMILTON, Bermuda – A 43-year-old British man has been jailed for eight years after admitting importing almost US$100,000 of heroin.
Bryan David Sims, a massage therapist of Colchester, southeast England, apologised to the court for bringing 97 grammes of heroin with a street value of $97,000 into Bermuda last May.
Crown Counsel Nicole Smith said she would not pursue a second charge of possession with intent to supply at the time, but the charge would remain on file.
Sims, a father of eight, appeared unfazed by his sentence handed down by Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves. He had asked the court for leniency because of his personal circumstances.
“I am very sorry for what I have done. I did have weight bearing down on my shoulders by my friends and family. I did it for the money to give it to someone else, not for myself. I hope you can find some leniency for me.”
His lawyer, Patricia Harvey, said a close friend of her client had discovered she had multiple sclerosis and he was transporting the drugs to help pay for her stem cell treatment in the United States.