Bail request rejected for Mexican national

The last of three people arrested following an alleged case of international drug smuggling has failed in his bid to be released on bail.

The last of three people arrested following an alleged case of international drug smuggling has failed in his bid to be released on bail.

Court records show a judge on Friday afternoon ordered the detention of Victor Perez Rodriguez, a Mexican national who finally appeared in a Kelowna courtroom last month after being extradited from the United States.

The other two men facing charges after border officials say they found 97.5 kilograms of cocaine in a piece of machinery from Argentina were earlier granted bail.

Clifford Montgomery, of West Kelowna, was arrested Oct. 4, 2010, soon after police executed a “controlled delivery” of a fruit grinding machine to a location in Kelowna.

Tariq Aslam, of Surrey, and Perez Rodriguez were arrested in California shortly after their arrest warrants were publicized.

All three are facing two counts of conspiracy to import cocaine and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

All are set to return to court May 11 for a pre-trial conference.

 

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