December 10, 2018
(CMR) The trial for customs officer, David Lobo (33) began today in the Grand Court before a jury of six women and three men with Justice Linda Dobbs presiding. Lobo is accused of conspiring with Colombians to import cocaine into the Cayman Islands.
Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran is prosecuting the case and stated in his opening statement that Lobo was involved in several cocaine smuggling incidents in May/June 2017.
It is alleged that several drug mules brought cocaine to the Cayman Islands and the Crown claims that Lobo was their local client.
The accusation is that four persons ingested at least two kilos of liquid cocaine in condoms and smuggled them into the island. They convened at a condo on West Bay Rd. to extract the drugs and convert it back into its powered form. When arrested the parties were still in the process of “cooking” the drugs.
Lobo is alleged to have wired them money before their arrival into the islands as well as met with them on numerous occasions when they were on island. The parties were arrested June 2 at the apartment on West Bay Road.
Lobo is said to have been at the same location earlier in the day but later that evening was apprehended in South Sound. He was found to be in possession of US$13,000 in cash and Western Union receipts from wired funds to the same parties.
The Crown’s conspiracy case is based largely on WhatsApp messages, documents and meetings which they claim link Lobo to the other arrested parties and fully details the conspiracy.
Lobo remains on required leave from the Customs department and has plead not guilty.