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New Orleans duo admit criminal property offence

Thaddeus Ramsey, left, and Merrill Boyd, both from New Orleans (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

Two men from New Orleans have admitted conspiring with other people to remove criminal property from the island.

Thaddeus Ramsey, 29, and Merrill Boyd, 35, pleaded guilty to the offence, which occurred between an unknown date and April 21, 2023, when they appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The Lens in New Orleans reported last month that Ramsey, a band leader who is also known as “Peanut”, was found with $10,445 in undeclared cash at LF Wade International Airport last April.

Travellers must declare if they are carrying more than $10,000 in cash, but Ramsey told police he was unaware of the rule.

Cindy Clarke, the Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court this month that Boyd, who was travelling with Ramsey, had an additional $18,537 on his person. She added that Boyd claimed to have won the money from a fish sandwich eating contest.

The pair have been stuck on the island since being found with the cash and were released on $20,000 bail after being formally charged with the offence last September.

However, senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson remanded them in custody on April 1. She upheld the decision on April 11.

Magistrate Craig Attridge ordered that social inquiry reports be written for the pair after their guilty plea, and adjourned the case to June 24 for sentencing.

They were remanded in custody until that time.

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