Accused cocaine mule denies smuggling charges after Freeport bust
A man arrested over the weekend after police allegedly found a kilo of cocaine strapped to his body remains in custody.
Jawano Hanna, 28, of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, appeared before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain yesterday facing charges of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and taking preparatory steps to export cocaine in relation to his November 4 arrest at the Freeport Harbour.
Hanna, who was headed to Florida at the time of his arrest, pleaded not guilty to the charges and returns to court on February 12 for trial.
He was remanded to prison because the magistrate lacks jurisdiction to grant bail. Swain advised him of his right to seek bail in the Supreme Court.
Police allege that a security officer at the Freeport Harbour selected Hanna for a secondary search after noticing a suspicious bulge under his shirt.
The guard called police after he allegedly found the cocaine, worth $18,000, fastened around his waist.