Accused Dutch cocaine importer remanded

A Dutch national accused of importing 11 pounds of cocaine into the island in nine bars of soap and file folders was yesterday remanded into custody when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

Vroon Steven, 40, a construction worker of Amsterdam, was arrested and charged for possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, importing cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine after he arrived in the island on August 16.

Another Dutch national, Laurence Bommel, who was jointly charged was, however, freed of the charges as no evidence was offered against him.

According to police reports, Steven landed at the Norman Manley International Airport on a flight from Curacao.  During security procedures at the airport he was interviewed and searched and nine bars of soap and three file folders containing the narcotics were reportedly found in his suitcase.

Steven was taken into custody and charged and following investigations Bommel was also arrested.

The accused was remanded into custody for an interpreter to attend court to assist him.

The case will be heard on October 29.

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