CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Thursday March 31, 2016 – A Venezuelan man who was nabbed with tens of thousands of dollars in US, Chinese, Bolivarian and Euro currency – some of which he had swallowed – has been jailed for one year in St. Lucia, after becoming the first person to be convicted for money laundering in the island’s courts.
Reglio Jesus Patino Reyes was slapped with the sentence almost four months after being arrested.
He was taken into custody on December 4, 2015, when police conducted an operation at a hotel in the north of the island.
When lawmen searched Reyes’ room, they found US$7,610, €17,950, 4,020 Bolivars, six dollars in Chinese currency and EC$5.
He was taken to the Victoria Hospital where he was given a laxative, and he passed out 31 rolls of cash equivalent to €14,000.