Ella Gareeva Draper, who was arrested in Gibraltar “following investigations” on 26 May, has now pleaded not guilty to three charges of drug trafficking.
According to GBC, Draper has been charged with attempting to export three packages of cannabis resin, with a total weight of more than 3.5 kilograms. GBC reports that Draper “was stopped on the way to the border where her car was searched and a package that contained a further 1kg of cannabis resin was reportedly found”.
Draper’s defence claimed that she had been unaware of the contents of the packages, believing them to be “books, jewellery, and cosmetic items”. She claimed that an unnamed person had given her the packages to mail.
The defence requested that the court consider alternatives to her current bail conditions, but the court declined, stating that “the offence could potentially be part of a systematic, commercial and planned operation”.
The case has been adjourned to 28 July.
Alert readers may be aware that we had published a brief update on the Wilfred Wong et al. trial, currently under way in North Wales. We received information concerning publication restrictions on that trial, and out of an abundance of caution, made the decision to remove the post. We will report on the trial once information is allowed to be made public, but of course will remain within any potential court-mandated restrictions.
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