Janitor placed on bail following multi-million dollar drug seizure in Tobago

Justice GavelSCARBOROUGH, Tobago, Thursday April 30, 2015, CMC – A 39-year-old janitor will re-appear in court on May 25 after she was granted five million dollars (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) bail on charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana with a street value of TT$28 million.

Elise Romeo, who is employed with the Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), appeared in court here Monday after the police said they had seized 31 kilogrammes of marijuana and 18 kilogrammes of cocaine from her residence over the last weekend.

She was not called upon to plead as the charges were laid indictably.

Police said they have also issued a warrant for the arrest of an unidentified man in connection with the matter.

The prosecution showed 50 packages of marijuana and 16 packages of cocaine and defence attorney Samantha Lawson pleaded for leniency, saying her client had no previous convictions, no children, was not a flight risk and was a resident of Tobago.

But Magistrate Cheryl Ann Antoine highlighted the seriousness of the charges and asked for verification for the quantum of the drugs and its value before deciding on the terms of the bail, which include the accused surrendering all her travel documents and reporting to a police station seven days a week.

Romeo was arrested at her home last Friday by officers of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit, Task Force and Scarborough Police, who acting on a tip-off allegedly found and seized two crocus bags and one duffel bag containing several packets of marijuana and cocaine.

The court heard that the marijuana had a street value of TT$18 million and the cocaine, three million dollars.

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