Defendant Seema Ramlochan who is charged with attempting to traffic cocaine, on her way to the San Fernando Magistrates' Court today. Photo by TREVOR WATSON


No bail for single mom charged with trying to FedEx coke

...despite appeal on medical grounds


A single mother was refused bail today when she reappeared in court charged with attempting to export cocaine using an international courier company.

Seema Ramlochan, 31, appeared before San Fernando Magistrate
Indra Ramoo-Haynes for the offence of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The charge was laid indictably, and Ramlochan, of Debe, was not called upon to enter a plea. It is alleged that on Wednesday, Ramlochan went to FedEx at St James Street, San Fernando
and attempted to export a text book containing the 0.88 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Her attorney Quincy Marshall told the court that the woman had never
before been in trouble with the law and was a single parent. He said that Ramlochan's daughter, a minor, has had to fend for herself for since her mother's arrest.

He also said that Ramlochan suffered with gallstones and was taken
to hospital on Thursday where she received an injection.

However, Marshall said Ramlochan continued to bleed through the anus and her request for medical attention on Thursday night was ignored.

Magistrate Ramoo-Haynes said the offence was serious and remanded the mother in prison custody, to reappear on June 7.
Evidence including FedEx invoices, Ramlochan's identification card, and interview notes were disclosed to the defence before the matter was adjourned.

(Richard Charan - Multimedia Desk)
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