Bail for two Christ Church residents nabbed at airport with drugs

Two Christ Church residents today pleaded guilty to several drug offences and were granted bail.

Antoinette Cyrillene Thomas, 36, of McClean Road, Silver Sands, and Roger Orlando Holder, 50, of Apt 3, # 852, Kingsland Crescent, were both arrested at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Saturday.

According to police, Thomas, who was travelling with her two daughters, ages 16 and 10 months, was directed to customs by police after a canine unit on duty flagged her luggage.

During a subsequent search by customs personnel, 18 transparent vacuum-sealed packages, each with cannabis, were found hidden in false bottoms of two suitcases.

Of the 18 packages, 12 were found in a suitcase with her daughter’s name and the remaining six were found in a suitcase bearing her name.

The drugs weighed 9.5 kilos and had an estimated street value of $70, 000.

Customs personnel also searched Holder’s luggage and found 12 sealed packages each with cannabis concealed in a false bottom of two suitcases. The drugs in Holder’s possession weighed 6.3 kilos with an estimated street value of $50, 400.

Today, they appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell charged separately with unlawful possession, unlawful possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of cannabis.

Thomas was granted bail in the amount of $7,500 with one surety, while Holder was released on $5,000 bail with one surety.

However, as part of they bail conditions Thomas and Holder were requested to surrender their passports.

They return to court on January 11.

3 Responses to Bail for two Christ Church residents nabbed at airport with drugs

  1. Alex Alleyne January 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Bail money should have been set at $50.400 and $70.000

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Did not know they were canine units. Never have I seen them at the airport. Good for them

  3. Greengiant January 2, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Shouldn’t be no bail money after they pleaded guilty. The woman planted drugs in the suitcase of her 16 year old daughter too.

    Guilty plea should result in a custodial sentence, forthwith fine, or a fine to be paid over a period of time. Why was there a need to bail them so cheaply today to return to court on January 11, 2018?

    Drugs valued at 70,000.00 and 50,000.00 respectively and bail set at 7,500.00 and 5,000.00? This is where justice is inconsistent. This magistrate has to be making sport in 2018, she should be recalled from the bench first thing tomorrow.

    What madness is this? Are we now encouraging people to import drugs into this country in 2018. Is drugs the new cash crop for the country. It should be for the courts with stiff penalties.

    I hope the Chief Magistrate calls on Magistrate Smith – Bovell to explain her actions.


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