Charges dismissed against NC woman jailed in Honduras
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) - A Honduran judge dismissed charges against a Raleigh woman Friday accused of drug trafficking cocaine, allowing her to leave the country, her family says.
Amanda LaRoque was carrying a "can safe," a hollowed-out iced tea can through airport security last week when a K-9 searched her luggage. Honduran police said a white substance in the can was cocaine.
Tests came back negative for all drugs Friday but the district attorney wanted to move forward with the case.
After calling a witness, the judge dismissed the case against the woman, allowing her to leave Honduras.
The "can safe" contains concrete so it has some weight, making it feel like a real can of tea, according to Amanda LaRoque's husband.
Amanda LaRoque's husband, Brandon, said the DA's closing statement claimed the can did not contain drugs, but could contain something used to make drugs.
Brandon LaRoque said the DA called for her release, but wants it to be probationary.
A probationary release would have left the door open to prosecution later, according to the husband.
LaRoque had been looking for property in the Central American country before her arrest.
Amanda and Brandon own "The Goat," a bar on Western Boulevard in Raleigh.