Bail Set at $1 Million for British Woman Busted with Cocaine

Jamaica News: Bail was set at $1 million for a British woman who was arrested at the Sangster International Airport following the seizure of a little under six pounds of cocaine.

Forty-four-year-old Vanessa Richardson of Gloucester, England made a brief appearance before the St. James Parish Court on Monday for breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Thirty-nine-year-old Damion Nembhard of East Ingleside Gardens in Mandeville was also arrested alongside  Richardson and was also before the court, but bail was not granted to him.

Richardson is represented by attorney-at-law Khadine Colman while attorneys Martyn Thomas and Michael Hemmings represent Nembhard.

According to police reports, on May 15, 2019 about 11 a.m., a team of officers were on anti-narcotics duties for an outgoing TUI flight destined to Birmingham, England when thy observed a male carrying a suitcase and who was in the company of a female.

The police requested a search of the piece of luggage and the male accused indicated to the officer that the female was the person who was travelling and that he was only assisting her.

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During the search, seven sachets marked “Island Jerk Seasoning” were found to contain a white powdery substance that turned out to be cocaine weighing five pounds and 14.80 ounces.

Following a successful application by Richardson’s attorney Khadine Colman, presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small offered her bail in the sum of $1 million with up to three sureties and with reporting conditions attached. She was ordered to surrender her travel documents, and a stop order will be placed at all ports of exit.

The matter was set for further mention on July 31, and Nembhard will remain behind bars.

The chance of Nembhard getting bail seemed slim from the outset as it was disclosed that he has several convictions, which include common assault and the use of drug and ganja. Additionally, it also came to light that he was deported from England in April of 2018 and was also in breach of immigration policies and was also using different names.

 

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