Dominican judge grants bail, but crew from Mississauga-bound drug-seized plane remain jailed

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Published April 20, 2022 at 1:18 pm

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Law enforcement officials in the Dominican Republic are appealing a judge’s decision that could have granted bail to the crew and passengers of a seized Mississauga-bound airplane where a large quantity of drugs was found.

The judge determined that the 11 people who have been detained could be released on bail that amounts to $23,000 each, however Dominican authorities say they will appeal the decision which will continue to keep the group under arrest.

The crew of Mississauga-based Pivot Airlines and some passengers have been detained by the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) in the Dominican Republic since April 5 when more than 200 packages of cocaine were found hidden in the plane that has headed to Pearson Airport.

Pivot Airlines says it was aircrew that discovered the drugs and alerted the authorities in the Caribbean island nation. The airline insists it crew is not involved with the smuggling of drugs and is working towards getting the Canadians returned home.

However, the DNCD says the drugs were found in response to intelligence reports it received and that those connected to the flight have been detained as their investigation continues.

Pivot says it has been working to return the workers and passengers to Canada.

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