A journey to London was cut short last week Wednesday for a 35-year-old Vincentian woman, after a package of illegal drugs (cocaine) was discovered hidden in her luggage at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA).
The suspect, Donna Laidlow from Glen, St. Vincent, flew into the island earlier in the day on board a LIAT flight to catch the afternoon British Airways (BA) plane to make the trip to London, England.
The police became suspicious about her behaviour at the airport and after carrying out a search of her belongings the illegal drugs were found.
Laidlow was arrested by the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) and later charged with possession and trafficking in a controlled drug.
The illegal drugs, weighing approximately 1/2 a kilo, were found in a bogus compartment of her suitcase during the search.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the illegal substance carries an estimated street value of approximately $EC50, 000.
Well-place sources told this newspaper that the drug accused had cleared Immigration and Customs at MBIA and was caught when she was checking in for the BA flight.
Speculation is rife that a member of the Drug Squad on routine duty at the airport was observing her and became suspicious about her movements and mannerisms.
‘We have people who are trained in those things”, said a security source who preferred to remain anonymous.
Laidlow made her first appearance at the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court No.1 last week Friday before Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill.
She has retained the services of Attorney-at-Law Peter David, who was unsuccessful in a bail application, before the court.
The Police Prosecution being led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor, objected to bail on the grounds that Laidlow is not a Grenadian and considered a flight risk.
The Chief Magistrate then took the decision to remand the accused to the Richmond Hill Prison until this Friday (November 20).
The Drug Squad has made a number of successful drugs burst on the island during 2015 as RGPF continues to fight the illegal drug trade.
Most of the persons engaged in the transit of illegal drugs in Grenada have been caught trying to take the stuff to the more lucrative markets in the United Kingdom or North America.