Two female Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals accused of separate drug offences will spend the next five days on remand at HMP Dodds.
They are Odetta Marsha Bentick, 33, of Georgetown, Guyana and Samantha Lotoya Johnson, 31, of Clarendon, Jamaica, both of whom flew into Barbados recently.
Bentick, who arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday, is charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of 3.2 kilogrammes of cocaine.
The drugs, which were in powder form, have an estimated street value of $170 000.
She was not required to plead to the charges when she appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.
The police prosecutor informed the magistrate that Bentick’s alleged transgressions had been communicated to the Guyana Embassy, as the accused revealed that she had no strong ties to Barbados.
Asked by Bannister whether she didn’t know that it was an offence to bring drugs into Barbados, Bentick replied: “Yes.”
The Guyanese, who was not represented by an attorney, was remanded to jail until December 12 when she is expected to appear before the District ‘F’ Magistrates’ Court.
The case against Johnson was also transferred to the same court for the same
The Jamaican, who also had no lawyer, faces charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of four pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $12 000.
Johnson, who arrived in Barbados on December 3, was not required to plead to the charges as they had occurred in the District ‘B’ jurisdiction.