Calgary photographer faces legal battle in Dominican Republic after cocaine was seized on plane she was flying home
A Calgary photographer is out on bail but still under house arrest after spending three weeks behind bars after being pulled from a charter plane carrying 200 kilograms of cocaine.
“She’s never been involved in anything like this in her life, she just wanted to take a vacation,” Bella Harrison says of her cousin, Brittney Wojcik-Harrison, “Brittney is not the kind of person to easily showing her emotions and the fact that she’s breaking up right now shows everything she’s been through. She’s really not well.”
Harrison says his cousin was invited to join a group of friends who had chartered a small plane to the Dominican Republic in late March.
When the plane was about to return to Canada, however, crew members found duffel bags in some control compartments.
They alerted the authorities who eventually found 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the plane.
The crew of five and the six passengers were arrested.
When the plane was about to return to Canada, however, crew members found duffel bags in some control compartments. They alerted the authorities who eventually found 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the plane.
“We really want to bring them all home, not just my niece but definitely all of them,” says Karen Harrison, Brittney’s aunt, “We are very concerned for their well-being there.”
The family say the drugs were found in an area that passengers do not have access to, they should be released – they wanted Canada’s Foreign Office to make sure that happened.
However, the government only tells CTV News that it is aware of the situation and is monitoring it closely.
“She’s scared,” Karen says of her niece, who was able to call the family for the first time this week after being released on bail. “They are all scared of what is happening, numb from being arrested.”
Pivot Airlines, which owns the charter, said it hired private security to guard staff while they were released on bail.
But he says prosecutors want to revoke bail and put everyone back behind bars. The airline fears for their safety in prison as it was the airline staff who alerted the police to the drugs and they fear retaliation in prison. He says that while he is grateful for the efforts of the Canadian government so far, he needs to do more to bring his citizens home.