Olicity M. Lans, 24, a US national with Belonger status, made his first appearance in court today, April 13, 2021, via Zoom. He is charged with Importation of Drugs, Being Concerned in the Supply of Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Drug.
According to Crown Counsel Patrice Hickson, Mr Lans was in a boat that was pursued by law enforcement authorities and was subsequently beached; however, Mr Lans allegedly joined a Tacoma vehicle and attempted to evade authorities but was pursued by a helicopter and police on the ground. It was said that the vehicle being chased crashed in Carrot Bay and Mr Lans attempted to flee in bushes but was pursued and caught.
Cocaine, which was allegedly tossed from the vessel, was recovered from the water by authorities.
The Prosecution also noted that other persons remain at large.
Mr Lans was represented by Attorney E. Leroy Jones, who stated that his client has a 7-month old child and takes care of his elderly grandparents.
Mr Jones also told the court that Mr Lans has lived in the VI practically all his life, owns a trucking business, and was not a flight risk.
He also shared a number of cases where persons accused of similar offences and serious crimes were granted bail, either in the Magistrates Court or the High Court.
Crown Counsel Hickson argued that the offence was a serious one and that Mr Lans had access to boats which could make it easy for him to flee the jurisdiction.
Further, the Prosecution said there were other persons at large and Mr Lans could interfere with the continuing investigations.
The matter has been set for May 11, 2021, for report.
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