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Woman faces heroin importation charges

A 55-year-old Warwick woman has been charged with conspiring to import $250,000 worth of heroin into Bermuda.

Denise Morris appeared in Magistrates’ Court accused of committing the offence on January 22, and possessing $15,210 believed to be the proceeds of criminal conduct.

She was not required to enter a plea as the matter is to be dealt with in Supreme Court. She was released on bail and ordered to surrender her travel documents. She will appear during arraignments on September 1.

Meanwhile, also in court, a 66-year-old Pembroke man arrested on suspicion of drink-driving has been banned from the roads for 12 months after failing to give a breath sample. Marvin Paynter, who pleaded not guilty to driving while impaired, did admit not having his bike licensed or insured.

Magistrates’ Court heard Paynter was riding a black Schwinn motorcycle along Palmetto Road on August 12 when he crashed into a traffic island resulting in several injuries.

While medics were attending to him, officers said they could smell liquor on his breath, that his eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred.

Paynter was fined $800 for refusing to give a breath sample and banned from driving any vehicle for 12 months. He was also fined $1,000 for having no insurance and $250 for having no registration.

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