By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN AMERICAN man was remanded to prison on Christmas Eve after he was charged in connection with the seizure this week of more than 1,400 pounds of cocaine in Bimini.
Jose Ramon Diaz, of Miami, Florida, stood before Magistrate Andrew Forbes on Thursday charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, importation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply concerning the seizure on Wednesday.
According to reports, shortly before 3pm, a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) with the assistance of their counterparts from the US Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a search of a yacht moored in Bimini occupied by an American man.
It was there that they uncovered 1,449 pounds of cocaine.
The 41-year-old pleaded not guilty to the four offences and was remanded to the Department of Correctional Services without bail.
He returns to Magistrate’s Court on March 16, 2016 to stand trial.
He has retained attorney Jerone Roberts to defend him against the charges that could see him facing a fine and/or seven years imprisonment if convicted.