Friday 16 November, 2018

Update: Airport security supervisor in court after cocaine seizure

A private airport security supervisor appeared before an Arima Magistrate after she was allegedly held with a quantity of cocaine at the Piarco International Airport.

Andrea Berment of Kelly Village, Caroni, appeared before Magistrate Gillian Scotland in the First Court on Monday morning after police allegedly seized cocaine hidden in her handbag while at work at the Piarco International Airport.

Berment was represented by attorney Sunita Dairam while PC Parris was the complainant (charging officer) in the matter.

Berment was charged with possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking.

The drugs, police said, had an estimated street value of TT$15,312.

Berment pleaded not guilty to the offence. After the charges were read in the court, and other submissions were made, the matter was adjourned.

The matter was adjourned to September 26.

Berment, LoopTT was told, is a mother of two, and was granted bail at $20,000 to cover the charges.

Berment was arrested by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) at her workplace at the Piarco International Airport, around 11:10 am on August 3 after a report was made to the police by an anonymous caller earlier that same day.

Upon arrival at the woman’s workplace to investigate the report, officers searched her handbag and found a brown envelope with two plastic packages containing a total of 33 grammes of cocaine.

Berment was an employee of Intercept Security Ltd which provides security services for one of the airlines operating out of Piarco.

More on this as it becomes available.


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