Tuesday 22 September, 2020

American sisters granted bail on cocaine-related charges

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Two American sisters charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act following the seizure of a quantity of cocaine valued at $1.3 million at the Sangster International Airport (SIA), were each offered $100,000 bail when they appeared in the St James Parish Court on Friday.

The accused are 24-year-old Lakeshia Bell and 18-year-old Satania Clarke, both of Connecticut, USA. 

The siblings are charged with possession of, dealing in and attempting to export two pounds and 3.6 ounces of cocaine.

Stop orders have placed on the accused sisters, who were ordered to reside in St Ann and must report to the St Ann’s Bay Police Station three days per week.

The two are scheduled to return to court on October 29, when the matter has been set for mention.

Reports are that on July 24, the accused were about to board a flight destined for New York, when Clarke's luggage was searched.

A false compartment was allegedly discovered in the bag, and when opened, it was found to contain four packages with a white powdery substance resembling cocaine.

After being interviewed, Bell and Clarke were arrested and later charged.

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