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Officer quizzed over airport cash seizure

Police found over $100,000 secreted away in the false bottom of a suitcase, a court heard yesterday.

Sergeant Kym Flowers said he found $101,038 in Ricardo Jones’ luggage soon after he arrived on New Providence on a flight from Freeport on November 2, 2018.

Flowers testified that he approached Jones at the airport after receiving a tip from a member of the public.

Flowers said he arrested Jones on suspicion of drug possession and questioned him about his travel plans.

Flowers said he learned that Jones was headed to Suriname.

After searching Jones and his luggage, Flowers found the money, the court heard.

In response to a question from Jones’ lawyer, Murrio Ducille, Flowers said he did not know the origin of the money.

Ducille asked the officer if there was anything illegal about having large sums of money.

Flowers said that the money was mostly U.S. currency. Just $500 of the confiscated money was Bahamian currency.

Ducille reminded Flowers that he had said that Jones would stop in Jamaica and Trinidad before he arrived in Suriname.

He asked Flowers if those countries accepted U.S. currency.

Flowers said that he believed that they did.

However, he maintained that he acted lawfully in arresting Jones and seizing the funds.

Ducille asked, “So, if I had a large amount of money, I could be arrested?”

Flowers said that he could.

Ducille retorted, “I’d like you to try that.”

The case continues before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis on February 3 at 1 p.m.

Tommel Roker is the prosecutor.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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