Receipt links accused to drugs case suspect
A woman accused of importing more than $250,000 worth of cannabis was found with a receipt linking her to a suspect in “a major conspiracy to import drugs”, it was alleged in court.
The trial of Isarell Wolfe has previously heard she was arrested at LF Wade International Airport after arriving on a flight from Atlanta on February 26 2011. Three packages of cannabis were found in her bags, concealed inside cardboard boxes for a water fountain and video game.
The drugs weighed more than five kilograms and would be worth as much as $266,000 on Bermuda’s streets, according to prosecutors.
The 22-year-old defendant, of Cedar Park, Devonshire, denies importing cannabis into Bermuda and possessing it with intent to supply.
Her trial, which began last August, continued yesterday with evidence from Det Sgt David Bagwan. He described how Customs officer Jonae Smith, who first searched Ms Wolfe and her bags, handed him a receipt from Dollar Rental Cars in Los Angeles.
The receipt related to car rental between February 8 and February 24, 2011 and was in the name of David Carroll. The Customs officer told him the receipts were found in the pocket of the jacket Ms Wolfe was wearing.
Sgt Bagwan said Mr Carroll is not before the court in the current trial. However, he added: “I know him as a result of an ongoing investigation which had commenced from October, 2010, and it’s presently before one of these courts in this jurisdiction; a major conspiracy to import controlled drugs.”
When he looked up Mr Carroll’s Immigration records, they revealed that he arrived in Bermuda from Atlanta a day before Ms Wolfe.
Sgt Bagwan arrested Ms Wolfe and escorted her to the airport police station. He handed the drugs, which he described as “compressed blocks” over to the police drugs custodian. He also seized Ms Wolfe’s personal items, including her credit card.
In answer to a question from defence lawyer Victoria Pearman, he confirmed that Ms Wolfe said the receipt in question was “picked up off the floor” at the airport.
In response to a further question from Ms Pearman, he confirmed that the packaging of the drugs was tested for DNA, and nothing was found linking them to Ms Wolfe.
Giving evidence in her own defence, Ms Wolfe told the court that she saw Customs officer Smith pick receipts up off the floor of the airport search room. She said she had earlier given Customs officers other receipts, which were the only ones she had in her possession.
Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said: “I’m going to suggest that isn’t true. You can agree or disagree.”
Ms Wolfe disagreed.
Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo adjourned the trial until February 24, when Ms Wolfe will continue giving evidence. He bailed her until then.