(CMR) Police arrested Colombian national, Enith Vasco Pineda (48) last week after a search revealed almost $10,000 strapped to her body.
CMR sources indicate that Pineda arrived on island in early August to visit relatives that she has in the Cayman Islands and was due to return to Colombia on Friday.
Police have confirmed that on Friday, 3 August, a woman at the Owen Roberts International Airport was found with a sum of US $9,500 strapped to her body. The 48-year-old woman, who was leaving the island for Colombia, was arrested by the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit and later charged with Concealing Criminal Property, Possession of Criminal Property, and Removing Criminal Property from the Island, all of which are money laundering offenses.
Enith Vasco-Pineda appeared in Summary Court Monday charged with money laundering offenses in connection with the find. Candia James, deputy director of public prosecutions, said officers had seized the cash and obtained a warrant to search an address in Bodden Town where Ms. Vasco-Pineda had been staying with her sister. Officers recovered ganja and drug paraphernalia, including scales, from the address.
Separate charges against the defendant’s sister and her husband, who own the property, are pending, according to Ms. James.