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A man accused of smuggling 1,175 ecstasy tablets concealed in mixed nuts into Antigua has been released on $400,000 bail.

Nkomo Thomas, of Fort Road, appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh in St John’s Magistrate’s Court on Monday on multiple charges, including possession and importation of ecstasy, possession with intent to transfer, and being concerned in the supply of ecstasy.

Thomas was apprehended last Friday at the General Post Office during a drugs interdiction operation between Customs and the Narcotics Department. Two sealed packages of mixed nuts with ecstasy tablets hidden inside them were found in a cardboard box.

The illegal drugs are said to have a street value of EC$117,500.

Thomas is due to return to court on August 20. He was ordered to pay $50,000 cash, provide two sureties and surrender his travel documents to secure bail. Thomas is to report to St John’s Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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