Dillas Tape



Dexter Dillas, originally arrested in connection with the Miranda enquiry, found himself the subject of attention yet again. 

Mr Seney had arrived from the United States carrying a large quantity of cocaine.  The police received a tip-off and arrested him in possession of the drug.  Things were looking very bleak for Mr Seney.  Unbeknown to Mr Seney, Dexter or any of those involved in the earlier Miranda investigation, the tip-off was not from within the group, but the security staff on their cruise ship.

Having arrested Mr Seney, the plan was to have him make contact with the local contact, deliver the drug and arrest whoever took possession of it.  Things did not go to plan, as evidenced by the tape and the associated page (linked above) entitled 'fiasco'.  However, all was to have a happy ending (for the police).  Dexter was seen at the delivery location and subsequently arrested.

It was alleged by the prosecution that Dexter had conspired to import cocaine.  The allegation was refuted by Dexter and his trial was about to start.  Dexter was confident, as evidenced by the tape transcript; the police had cocked up and their case was weak - it had holes.  Paul Seney had been helpful and gave police a good insight into the plans of the Miranda / Cohab group; they were probably the islands primary importers of cocaine and their intentions suggested the island had a huge demand for cocaine to be fuelled; see: Seney Debrief.

However, unbeknown to Dexter, as he chatted with his cell mates about the imminent trial, his remarks were being recorded.  When the tape was introduced by the prosecution as evidence, Dexter changed his plea to 'guilty' and was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1993.

The following is a transcript of the tape which led to this dramatic change of plea.  The parties named are the subject of entries elsewhere on this site:

To assist those unfamiliar with some of the words contained within the transcript, the following may assist:

Word Meaning
Bie or bye colloquialism; boy or man, as in 'hey boy' or an exclamation, as in 'boy you are telling me'
Change it up Sales on the island are often conducted in the local currency; the Bermuda dollar.  Whilst the Bda$  is equivalent to the US$, it is the 'green' US$ that is more sought after as it can be smuggled out to pay for the drug.  The Bda$ is not easy to exchange abroad and would raise eyebrows.  The monetary regulations also limit the amounts that can leave the island.  Bda$'s are 'changed up' into the US$
Clean it up Launder (see 'change it up' - above)
Gram small quantity of cocaine.  On the island, cocaine is generally sold as 1/2 grams, in its smallest denomination, for about $125.
Key Kilo (Kilogram) or about 34 ounces - a familiar shipping quantity for cocaine which is oddly then broken down into ounces.
Lancers Mitsubishi Lancers - used by the police
Pricked or 'prick', told on someone, informed
Q.C. Queens Counsel - prosecuting official, Barry Meade in this instance.
Raw pure; unadulterated as in uncut cocaine - not mixed with any adulterants.  An ounce of cocaine can be mixed with a similar looking substance to increase its weight.  Whilst the purity is reduced, the volume / weight increases enabling a greater sale price to be received.
Strollers The Bermuda Strollers - island band catering to tourists
Wholesale selling narcotics in large quantities as opposed to breaking the drug down into smaller samples.  Profit vs. Risk; sell a large quantity and although you receive a reduced profit, the risk of getting caught on a single sale is reduced.




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