Jury clears Customs officer of drug charges

A jury on Thursday found David Karl Lobo not guilty of being involved in exporting cocaine from the Cayman Islands to the United Kingdom on 8 September 2010.

A serving Customs officer at the time, Mr. Lobo was accused of knowingly assisting a
passenger with getting more than a kilo of cocaine through Owen Roberts
International Airport and on to a British Airways flight to Heathrow Airport in London. 

The Grand Court heard that the cocaine
was in rum cake boxes in a duty-free bag, along with cigarettes. The bag was in
the Customs strong room and then delivered in the departure lounge to the
passenger, who later pleaded guilty in the U.K. to importing the illegal drug

Mr. Lobo, who gave evidence, initially denied any involvement when he made
a statement some weeks after the  incident.  He told the court he did
so because nothing about that particular day stood out in his mind. Taking
duty-free goods to departing passengers was something he did 15 to 20 times per
week, he explained. 

The jury delivered its unanimous verdict shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Thursday after
Justice Malcolm Swift summed up the matter for them and concluded his remarks at 11 a.m.

Read Monday’s Caymanian Compass for more details.