NC woman stuck in Honduras gets passport back

NC woman stuck in Honduras gets passport back

HONDURAS (WNCN) - A Raleigh woman jailed in Honduras on drug trafficking charges in July and then released last week now has her passport back.

Amanda LaRoque, who owns "The Goat" bar on Western Boulevard in Raleigh, is now going to the airport with her lawyer to attempt to get a ticket out of Central American.

"I am just so happy. It is beyond words," said Amanda's mother, Barbara Levy. "I just want to know they are on the plane and on the way home."

Levy said LaRoque was going to get on any plane headed to the U.S.

Honduran authorities charged her with drug trafficking on July 30 after airport police found a white powder in a "safe can" and believed that it was cocaine. She was jailed for several days on the charges.

Tests showed the substance wasn't cocaine and a judge dropped the charges on Aug. 4.

LaRoque's husband Brandon said the district attorney wanted to appeal that decision and the DA's office had Amanda LaRoque's passport, which the office said is due to an administrative error.

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CBS North Carolina was there when LaRoque called her mother and brother in Cary after the court hearing was done on Friday.

"I have slept in an 8×12 cell with no air conditioning for five days," LaRoque told her mother. "I haven't changed my clothes in five days. I haven't showered in five days.

"I just want to go home," LaRoque said.

As of 1 p.m. EST, the LaRoque's had bought tickets to head back the United States. It's not clear yet what city they're flying in to.