St Lucian woman swears she unknowingly transported cocaine to Barbados

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.


  1. Anonymous
    November 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    So what is the name of the man who dropped off the suitcase to your cousin? Name and shame him!

    1. Armchair Anonymous
      November 4, 2017 at 10:22 am


  2. you never know
    November 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    She could be telling the truth .but will they believe her ?

  3. friday
    November 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    so you borrowed a suitcase but before you parked it you didn’t suspect it was unusually heavy? I mean they caught you with $100,000 worth of cocaine in the suitcase and not $100 worth. If the judge believes you then she will also believe men can get pregnant.

    1. Anonymous
      November 2, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      100k worth in barbados int that heavy..just a couple kilos.

  4. Anonymous
    November 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Who packs a suitcase mere “hours” prior to leaving for the airport? Seriously? I have travelled on numerous occasions, and though I consider myself to be chronically late when packing, I have never began packing on the day of departure. I would at least begin the night before and complete the day of. Sounds a bit fishy.

  5. Anonymous
    November 2, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Oh plz!/ yall kno dem soouth people. They habe to borrow thinhs wen they teaveling. Borrow a suitcaese here, lend another something feom another family member here. So its possible she got the auitcase hours before leving. Shove everything inside nd qhickly leave to go airport, without ” feelimg it heavy

    1. Anonymous
      November 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

      south pple..o plz

  6. Curious
    November 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    But if someone put drugs In suitcase and you did not know about then , if u went for two weeks , does anyone know you are coming to Barbados to receive goods in suitcase or would they just take your bag from you ,how is the person suppose to receive package since someone else put it , there something is not adding up unless a ghost is expecting to receive it from u upon arrival to country ,I am not saying you are wrong but its does not add up if is a case where someone tell u to drop of something for someone I can say they may have given you wrong stuff and U are innocent but to borrow a suitcase it should be u alone using to go and to get back and then to return it to owner who borrowed it to you , so if u was not caught and u did not know stuff I’m your bags then you would have returned to country with items back not knowing who ever sent bags place stuff there unless they hid it there before lending u bag and forgeting to remove it , or unless they dilberatly set you up but why so much money worth cocoaime can be invested rather sending it down the drain to take someone down smh ,come one let’s be real here .think again

    1. .
      November 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      I think you trying to make a good point. But I can’t tell for sure. You’re confusing my life

      1. Anonymous
        November 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm

        lol.. lol. ur comment has me cracking.. lmbo

      2. Focused
        November 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        Lol. There is need for more punctuation marks and paragraphs in that dissertation by Curious.

      3. Anonymous
        November 5, 2017 at 6:38 am

        Yup mine two (2)

    2. Anonymous
      November 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Her cousin was already in Bds. She was suppose to meet up with her

    3. Onlooker
      November 5, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Almost sure her family would know where she was staying. All the cousin had to do was give the receiver that address. The less she knows the better for them. She was caught and all she can say is my cousin. Imagine if she had all the info she would bring down the whole ring. She could be lying she could be telling the truth. But not a lie based on she having to the receiver.
      None of us should judge unless we see that hidden compartment and know more. (Who paid the trip? why is she so ignorant as to what the suit case should look? how often did she travel? how did she come to borrow the suitcase drom said cousin? how long was the ticket booked before travel?)

  7. Amazed
    November 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm


  8. Anonymous
    November 3, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Why she didn’t check all pocket of the suitcase. I can never borrow anything without giving it a complete check.
    Praying for you my dear.

  9. B
    November 3, 2017 at 6:49 am

    All what the young Lady said is a lie .You packing a Suitcase and Cannot identify that theres a problem with the interior of the Suitcase.Question Number one why did you Borrow a Suitcase to Travel from Someone .None of your immediate Relatives have no Suitcases at Home.Whosoever gave you that Suitcase is the Drug Baron .The Magestrate should give you the Maximun penalty for Posession and Trafficing Drugs.Others will take not .None of what you said in Court is the Truth

    1. Anonymous
      November 4, 2017 at 10:11 am

      So true…u hit it right

  10. B
    November 3, 2017 at 6:55 am

    That’s the First time police Intercept your Luggagec.Apparently your Corrupt Contact at Grantley Adams Airoort was either late for duty or off Duty that’s why you were Cought Right handed

  11. Anonymous
    November 3, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Plenty possibilities to such a scenario. It’s understandable that no immediate family had a suitcase she could use, so she borrowed one. No one knows why she packed so late. Depending on how and where the hidden compartment was, I guess she really didn’t make sure it was empty, maybe she actually didn’t realise, considering it being a hidden compartment. Does she have any idea that her cousin deals in drugs? Does she know the man who dropped off the suitcase? How did she get passed customs here? Barbados don’t have sniffer dogs unless they suspect something so how did she get passed customs here? Guess they didn’t notice anything suspicious. Was there actually someone waiting to receive the drugs on the airport or was she supposed to drop it off or was the person supposed to collect it from her? So right now, you’re a chef, you’re not unemployed, if you did know what was going on why would you partake in such an activity and you know you have children home, unless the benefits were worth not seeing your children and not having a job where you could live easily without having to work. Plenty to go through here. all in all, It’s wise to always see the different sides to all stories before a yes or a no response. She might be lying, just the same, she may actually be telling the truth, just one of those days. Her cousin knows about it and should be arrested, the man who dropped the suitcase might be an accomplice.

  12. Anonymous
    November 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    U lie woman! so somebody will give you a package without instructing you to pass it on to so and so… you mean all that “good” white stuff would have been sitting in your suitcase without anyone coming to collect? it looks like you people in that area have a dirty habit and you all in this thing big time. that is not the first time crazy “sheet” involving people down there going on. so we should all be stupid and think that you made a mistake? the only reason you call it a mistake is because you got caught.

  13. Mercy.
    November 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Mr. Justic, please have mercy on this young, niave, ignorant young lady. I am certain she has learnt her lesson.

  14. Armchair Anonymous
    November 4, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Whoever wrote this story is leaving something out … my common sense tells me that the young lady should quickly point her finger at the person(s) who “lent” her the suitcase!! Bring that person down with her (I mean in the criminal investigation); name names, give addresses, etc. She should know that she cannot take the blame all by her lonesome. At the same time, things don’t add up … maybe because of the sloppy writing of “facts”. If it were me, I would be calling the names of the suitcase owners, their address, toute bagay!! I wouldn’t take that alone.

  15. Anonymous
    November 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Maybe if she does her children might be killed you know how thoes drugs dealers operate

  16. Looking down from overseas
    November 10, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Innocent until proven guilty. These things happen all the time. People can be very trusting, especially where family is concerned. Let the courts decide, after all, she is a young mother and her children need her. Why can’t we just hope for the best outcome for her?

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