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Entertainment manager nabbed in cocaine bust denied bail

Published:Wednesday | February 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

AN entertainment manager who was arrested in a recent cocaine bust at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was denied bail when she appeared in court in the western city yesterday.

Thirty-four-year-old Simone Bacchas is charged with possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export one and a half pounds of cocaine. She is slated to return to court on March 10, when her matter will again be mentioned.

The allegations against Bacchas are that on December 18, 2014, at approximately 5 p.m., she was preparing to board a flight destined to the United States when she was approached by officers at the airport.

Bacchas was reportedly taken to a search room where she reportedly removed a sanitary napkin, containing a white powdery substance resembling cocaine, from her crotch. Her suitcase was subsequently searched and a pair of sandals were found to contain cocaine when they were cut open.

"To tell the truth, a di firs' mi a do this. Mi just a try a t'ing to help my mother," Bacchas reportedly told the police, prior to being arrested and charged.

In court yesterday, attorney-at-law George Thomas, who represented Bacchas on behalf of her attorney Martyn Thomas, asked Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie to offer bail to the defendant.

NO BAIL

"We are going to ask that she be granted bail ... . She will return to court on the appointed date, and we have no intention of wasting the court's time," attorney Thomas said, regarding Bacchas.

"Based on what I am hearing, I am not minded to offer her bail," RM Tie replied.

The court was also told that the forensic certificate for analysis of the alleged contraband, and several chain-of-custody statements, were outstanding in Bacchas' matter.

Meanwhile, two of Bacchas' co-defendants, singer Claudette Miller-Robinson, who is charged in relation to one pound of cocaine; and Kharell Wisdom, who has not yet pleaded in his matter, also appeared in court yesterday. They had their matters set for March 10. Miller-Robinson had her bail extended, while Wisdom was remanded.

Three other co-defendants, Garth Jobson, Ramone Rowe, and Kevin Tapper, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of five pounds, two pounds, and three and a quarter pounds of cocaine, respectively. Jobson and Rowe are to be sentenced on February 25, while Tapper will be sentenced on March 27.