A 23 year old St Lucian woman who was caught with two kilos of cocaine hidden in her suitcase at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados has sworn to a Bridgetown Magistrate that she had no idea she was carrying the illegal drugs.
Johnelle Leeanne Pierre of Ti-Rocher, Micoud appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch on Wednesday, charged with possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of cocaine.
The mother of two told the court that she borrowed the suitcase from a cousin.
She said it was dropped off by a man mere hours before she was scheduled to leave for the airport, and since it still was in the casing she simply packed her items and left, Barbados Today reports.
“I am in this situation”, having borrowed the suitcase from a cousin,” Pierre said. “I honestly did not have any idea it was there. I didn’t even know what cocaine looked like. I don’t even drink alcohol,” she added.
Pierre was arrested in September after drug sniffing dogs flagged her luggage. Airport security officials later found the cocaine valued at around $100,000 hidden in false side compartments in her suitcase.
Pierre, who reportedly works as a Chef, said she had no hesitation when the immigration officer asked to search her luggage, emphasizing the point that she was unaware that she had been transporting cocaine.
She further explained that at one point law enforcement officials allowed her to turn on her cellular phone and the same cousin contacted her saying she was worried.
She said she informed the relative that her bag had been kept back and “the first thing she ask was to send a picture of the bag.
“I was only off work for two weeks and I have my children and she going to drag me into this,” Pierre lamented.
Pierre’s attorney George Bennett, urged the chief magistrate to be as lenient as possible as the young woman had thrown herself at the mercy of the court and was not known in either jurisdiction.
The Micoud mother has been remanded into custody. The case has been adjourned to November 28.