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Former Female Cop Makes Another Bid For Bail

A former female police officer arrested on suspicion of trying to export drugs earlier this year appeared in the Supreme Court seeking bail for a second time Monday.

Former Police Constable Toni Sweeting was arrested back in April after she and two others were found with more than three pounds of cocaine at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

Sweeting was the officer on duty at the departure lounge at the time of the arrest.

The drugs have an estimated value of $64,000.

Sweeting, 27, and her co-defendants – her brother 33-year-old Delano Sweeting and Jamaican national Conrad Campbell – were eventually arraigned on taking preparatory steps to export dangerous drugs; possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply; conspiracy to export dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

It is alleged that at the time of the seizure, Sweeting had the drugs strapped to her body.

Sweeting’s co-accused were all granted bail; however, senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs denied her bail on the grounds that she was a flight risk.

In May, the Court of Appeal also threw out Sweeting’s application for bail.

Two of the three justices hearing the appeal determined that Justice Isaacs’ ruling be upheld considering the evidence against Sweeting was stronger than that of her co-accused.

However, one of the justices expressed concern that she was being punished prematurely because of her former job as a police constable.

On Monday, she appeared before Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner.

Justice Turner stated his intent to revisit her previous applications and the high court’s ruling before adjourning the matter to Wednesday.

Sweeting and her co-defendants have meantime denied all charges.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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