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Woman cleared of importing cannabis

A woman who was accused of importing more than $250,000 of cannabis was yesterday found not guilty in Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo said the Crown failed to prove that 23-year-old Isarell Wolfe was aware cannabis was hidden in two cardboard boxes in her bags.

She had been on trial since August, facing charges of importing a controlled drug and possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Ms Wolfe, from Devonshire, was arrested at LF Wade International Airport after arriving on a flight from Atlanta on February 26, 2011.

A search of her baggage revealed a Walmart bag containing two boxes, one for a water fountain and another for a Nintendo Wii video game.

Customs officer Jonae Smith said that Ms Wolfe appeared nervous when asked where she had gotten the boxes.

She said Ms Wolfe responded: “You can call the police and get my lawyer.”

The boxes were found to contain a total of 5,233.06g of cannabis which, if sold in Bermuda in 0.5g twists, could fetch as much as $266,000.

Officers also discovered two receipts for a car rental in the name of David Carroll, who was described as the subject of an ongoing investigation regarding a “major conspiracy to import controlled drugs”.

The court heard that Mr Carroll had arrived in Bermuda from Atlanta a day before Ms Wolfe.

Ms Wolfe however said that the customs officer had not found the receipts in her jacket, but picked them up from the floor.

She told the court that the boxes containing the drugs were given to her by a man named Nicholas Smith, who had asked her to bring in a gift to his godson.

She said he initially asked her to bring one box but then gave her the two sealed boxes, telling her they were going to be collected by someone named Coral Dill.

Mr Tokunbo said he found the Crown’s witnesses to be reliable.

He said it appeared Ms Wolfe was nervous while passing though Customs but there was no evidence presented that refuted her version of events.

“In all the circumstances, I have doubts,” Mr Tokunbo said. “I’m not sure as to whether the defendant had received the boxes from David Carroll, whether her story about Nicholas Smith is true, whether there is a Coral Dill to collect the packages, whether she knew.”

Mr Tokunbo found the defendant not guilty on both counts, but told Ms Wolfe that he remained suspicious about her.

“You know whether you did it or not,” he said. “Keep yourself far away from carrying packages from anybody.”

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Published March 30, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 30, 2012 at 9:17 am)

Woman cleared of importing cannabis

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