A 52-year-old Barbadian woman, with Canadian citizenship, was granted $30,000 bail when she appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today on several drug charges.
Suzanne Elizabeth McClean, of Thomas Gap, President Kennedy Drive, St Michael, pleaded not guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of cannabis, two counts of possession of cannabis with intent to supply and two counts of trafficking cannabis.
The illegal substance, weighing 7.1 kilogrammes, carries an estimated street value of $57,000.
According to police, the cosmetologist was intercepted by members of the Drug Squad at Bank Hall, St Michael on March 2 with 26 packages of cannabis, concealed in bags.
A search warrant was also executed at her home, where an additional quantity of the drug was discovered.
There were no objections to her bail. However, the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, requested that McClean be made to surrender her passport and all other travel documents to the court.
Pilgrim also informed Magistrate Douglas Frederick that there were plans by the Crown to seize some of the accused woman’s assets.
However, McClean’s legal counsel Angella Mitchell-Gittens contended that her client had not been convicted of any criminal offence.
“This is something that happens now. The Crown attempts to seize some things, but you can’t take up people’s things unless they are convicted. They are moving too quickly,” the defence lawyer said.
Following those submissions, Frederick granted McClean bail with one surety.
The accused, who returns to court on August 13, must report to the Black Rock Police Station every Wednesday before 10 a.m. with valid identification