The owner of Raleigh’s Goat Bar remained in Honduras on Monday, unable to leave the Central American country three days after drug charges against her were dismissed.
Amanda LaRoque, 51, celebrated a judge’s decision to drop charges after a drug test showed that a substance found in her luggage contained no drug of any kind.
But LaRoque has since been unable to regain her passport. She and her husband, Brandon, explain via social media posts that the Honduran prosecutor decided both to appeal the decision and to take a vacation until Wednesday.
A tropical storm is building in the region, which Brandon LaRoque said adds another complication to their travel plans should they receive clearance to leave Wednesday.
“I hope we will be able to get out,” he said Monday.
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis posted on Twitter on Friday, expressing his happiness that LaRoque will be released, apparently unaware of the new snags. The LaRoques said Monday that they have since spoken with the senator about obtaining the passport through the U.S. embassy.
LaRoque was detained on the Honduran island of Roatan on July 30 and jailed on suspicion of carrying cocaine, according to videos posted from the scene. LaRoque – who owns The Goat bar on Western Boulevard with her husband – had traveled to Honduras with a friend to look at real estate.
She had several thousand dollars of cash stowed in a safe disguised as a can of Arizona iced tea, her mother said. When airport authorities searched it, they found a powder inside. Family members said a concrete-like substance on the inside of the can had flaked off, making the drug accusation bogus.
LaRoque’s husband soon flew to Honduras and was allowed to join her at a police station on the island. For a week, he posted updates that varied from them sleeping on a bare mattress to locals supplying them with food and toiletries. Temperatures in the station reached 95 degrees, he said, making sleep impossible.
From Honduras on Friday, LaRoque’s husband posted a picture of a drug test that reported “No Se Detecto,” or not detected, for cocaine and all other drugs.