A Charleston sailor has been sentenced to one year in prison in Bermuda for his role in a drug-trafficking case and could be home this weekend after getting credit for time-served, his wife said today.
Andrew "Steve" Blatchley, 59, of Charleston pleaded guilty in Bermuda's Supreme Court this week to money laundering the proceeds from drug trafficking.
Peter Sagos, 36, from Ottawa, Canada, pleaded guilty last week to possessing the proceeds of criminal conduct.
Both men had denied conspiring to import marijuana into the island last year where they were arrested.
As well as handing out the jail terms this morning, the Royal Gazette of Bermuda reported on its website that Judge Charles-Etta Simmons issued a confiscation order relating to large amounts of cash involved with the case and a 36-foot boat, Bomba Shack, that Blatchley sailed into Bermuda last fall.
Blatchley's wife, Sandi, said the sentence amounts to time-served and that he could be on his way home this weekend.