James “Jimmy” Bell from Enterprise, Alabama is now in a Panama prison, held on drug possession charges.
According to his family, Bell is a victim of an elaborate scam and was tricked into carrying cocaine in new luggage to Toronto provided by an unnamed handler that invited him to Panama on the pretense that he was to go London to collect some money. Dogs at Tocumen International Airport sniffed out the drugs in the lining of the suitcase.
The US State Department has visited Bell in prison and is in touch with his family, although consular service may not interfere with Panama’s legal processes.
Read more at WDHN.