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Man charged with cocaine importation plot

A Warwick man was yesterday morning accused of conspiring to import more than 3kg of cocaine to the island.

Curtis Swan, 54, was charged in Magistrates’ Court with conspiring with Aaron Johnston and others to import the controlled drug to the island between an unknown date and May 27 last year.

The court heard that the case involved 2,716g of cocaine, which had been soaked in packing paper.

Mr Johnston was also listed to appear before the courts for the matter, but a warrant was issued after he failed to appear.

Mr Swan was also charged with moving an unspecified quantity of money, representing the proceeds of criminal activity, out of the country to avoid prosecution.

He was not required to enter a plea to either charge as the matter must be heard by the Supreme Court.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released Mr Swan on $100,000 bail with a like surety on the condition that he surrender his travel documents and report to the Hamilton Police Station three times a week.

The matter is expected to appear before the Supreme Court during the November arraignments session.

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