Customs officer charged in cocaine conspiracy

| 20/11/2017
Cayman News Service

David Lobo

(CNS): David Lobo (32), who works as a customs officer, was remanded in custody Monday after appearing in court facing cocaine charges. The Bodden Town man was arrested in June in relation to a drug conspiracy alongside two Venezuelan nationals and a Colombian but he was not charged until today. Lobo appeared before Magistrate Valdis Foldats, who refused him bail, having raised his concerns about the sophisticated nature of the alleged conspiracy and the serious consequences Lobo now faced. The suspended officer, who has been on required leave on full pay since June, is charged with being concerned in the importation of cocaine and conspiring to import controlled drugs.

Lobo was arrested following a joint police and customs raid. The other men who were also arrested have since confessed to drug smuggling offences.

The crown revealed that it has seized pictures of drugs and the co-conspirators involved in the alleged conspiracy from Lobo’s phone; the prosecution also says that he had organised the hotel for the men and driven them around.

Lobo has denied the allegations, suggesting that he was importing artifacts from Colombia and was buying them from one of the men, whom he knew. He claims to have had no idea that he was involved in drug smuggling.

The case was adjourned until 27 November, when Lobo will be given the opportunity to decide whether he wants the case dealt with in the Summary Court or the Grand Court.

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Category: Crime, Customs, Police

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