Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2013

Top Athlete Brian Mariano condemned as a drug mule

WILLEMSTAD – Brian Mariano (27) was sentenced on Monday February 4 on Curaçao by the Court in First Instance (CFI) to a term of imprisonment of 12 months, of which 6 are conditional and probation for three years. The case was dealt substantively on February 4, when he was in the courtroom. Today he was sentenced in absentia.

Mariano was on trial for smuggling 720 grams of cocaine. 5 packs of drugs were hidden in a double bottom between the liner and the bottom of the suitcase. On that day, December 1, 2012, he was on his way to Amsterdam. According to the District Attorney (DA), there was conditional intent.

Mariano gave during treatment of his case that he had "no idea" who had put the drug in his suitcase.  According to the lawyer it must have been someone at the airport Hato. The judge called it an incredible story. "The report of findings of the investigators in Hato speak for themselves," said the Court.

Source: Public Prosecutor's Office Curacao

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