An alleged drug mule was on Wednesday denied bail pending trial.
Prosecutors say Ifna Pinas, 55, of Kasabolo, Suriname, smuggled 10 pounds of cocaine, worth $70,000, into the country by strapping it to her body. But immigration officers thwarted the alleged smuggling scheme when she was refused permission to enter the country at Lynden Pindling International Airport on September 15.
The immigration officers notified police when they allegedly found the drugs while searching Pinas. At her arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes, Pinas, with the aid of a Dutch interpreter, initially pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply and drug possession with intent to supply. However, Forbes did not accept those pleas based on remarks Pinas made. As a result, she will go to trial on November 4 and has been remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.