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Swiss man charged with drug possession

Drug Enforcement Unit officers escort Swiss national René Buffat into court yesterday. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

A Swiss retiree accused of drug smuggling yesterday told a magistrate that he was the victim of a Nigerian scam.

René Buffat, 66, of Zurich, Switzerland, was arrested at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on Thursday after police allegedly found three kilos of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in his suitcase after he arrived on a flight from Panama.

With the assistance of a German interpreter, Buffat told Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes that he had no reason to do what he did and that he was the victim of a scam that originated in Nigeria.

Buffat pleaded not guilty to a charge of drug possession with intent to supply, drug importation and conspiracy to commit the offenses.

Buffat was denied bail and he returns to court on March 16 for the start of his trial.

 

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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