No bail for alleged courier

A young man accused of bringing cocaine from Honduras was refused bail in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Nicholson, 21, is charged with importing 1.1 pounds of cocaine on 18 June. He is also charged with possessing cocaine with intention to supply.

Defence Attorney John Furniss applied for bail, noting Nickelson had a job to go to and people who would stand as sureties. He said the question of election still had to be settled – whether the matter would be heard in Summary Court or Grand Court.

Crown Counsel Alister Cumming objected to bail, saying the case against Nickelson was very strong.

Mr. Cumming said Nickelson arrived at Owen Roberts Airport on a flight from Honduras. While passing through Customs, he was searched.

Two packages were found strapped to his body and their contents later tested as cocaine – 500 grams.

Mr. Cumming also referred to Nickelson’s interview. He said surrender of passport was no guarantee that the defendant would not leave the island.

Magistrate Grace Donalds said she was satisfied that the strength of the evidence, the nature and seriousness of the charge and probable sentence if convicted were sufficient reasons to withhold bail.

She remanded Nickelson in custody until 22 July.

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