Police officer arraigned for cocaine possession

Two men including a former Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officer were charged in Magistrate Court on Friday in connection with possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

Mario Newbold, 29, of Elizabeth Estates, appeared before Magistrate Subusola Swain on one count of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply and one count of conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

According to police, shortly after 1:00 p.m. on August 2, Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers conducted a search of a charter aircraft at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), where eight pounds of suspected cocaine was discovered valuing $53,000.

The former police officer pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC) until November 28 at 10 a.m., when he is set to stand trial.

Alvin Morrison, 23, of Village Road, also stood before the magistrate yesterday on one charge of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

According to police, shortly after 11:00 a.m. on August 2, DEU officers conducted a search at a home of Elmer Close off Sea Breeze Lane and recovered 20 packages of suspected marijuana which weighed 70lbs valuing $70,000.

Morrison pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC) until November 28 at 10 a.m., when he is set to stand trial.

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This article was written by RIEL MAJOR, Eyewitness News intern.