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Trio Remanded Over $600,000 Cocaine Discovery

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THREE Grand Bahamians were remanded to prison without bail yesterday after being arraigned in connection with Monday’s seizure of more than $600,000 worth of cocaine.

Ricardo Carey, 43, Anson Hanna, 35 and Crystal Culmer, 30, stood before Magistrate Andrew Forbes accused of conspiring to possess cocaine and marijuana with intent to supply, stemming from a discovery of seven kilos of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana in a residence in the Lucaya area on February 16.

Drug Enforcement Unit officers executed a search warrant at a residence, where they discovered the drugs in a room in the lining of 15 black travel bags, including backpacks and camera bags.

Officers also uncovered a loaded 9mm Glock pistol and several rounds of .40 ammunition in the ceiling of the room.

Hanna and Culmer were charged with two counts of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply concerning the illicit drugs while all three were charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition with intent to supply and possession of ammunition.

All three defendants pleaded not guilty to the respective charges they face and are scheduled to return before Magistrate Forbes on June 22 for trial.

The magistrate informed them of their right to apply for bail to the Supreme Court as his court did not have the jurisdiction to consider a bond.

They were remanded to the Department of Correctional Services, formerly Her Majesty’s Prison, until the completion of trial.

They have retained Simone Brown and Jomo Campbell to defend them.

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