The owner of The Goat bar in Raleigh will be held until at least Friday on an island off the coast of Honduras, where she is confined to a police station and sleeping on a mattress on the floor, her family said Tuesday.
Amanda LaRoque, 51, will be kept there until a hearing late this week can determine whether she was carrying drugs through a Honduran airport. Her mother in Cary, Barbara Levy, said LaRoque was mistakenly arrested Sunday when a cement-like powder flaked off the inside of a small safe designed to look like a can of Arizona iced tea.
LaRoque’s husband, Brandon, arrived on the island of Roatan and is allowed to stay with her inside the police station.
Amanda LaRoque has issues with blood pressure and has been taken to the hospital several times during her confinement.
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“The conditions there are so bad,” Levy said. “They haven’t even had any water to brush their teeth. They haven’t had a shower. They haven’t had a change of clothes since Sunday. They’re just sleeping on a mattress without a sheet. Nobody has toilet paper in the whole building.”
Police on the island did not have equipment to test the substance found in the can, Levy said, so they sent it to the mainland.
LaRoque traveled to Honduras with a friend last week, looking at real estate with the idea of moving and opening a bar there, her mother said. She is not allowed to make calls, Levy said, but the friend posted a video that is being widely circulated on Facebook in which LaRoque pleaded for help.
In a second video, more optimistic and posted on her Facebook page Tuesday, LaRoque appeared healthy, standing in a doorway and holding a bottle of water.
“I just wanted everybody to know that I am well. I have been to the hospital. They gave me an IV. I just got overcome by the heat, and I’m doing fine. The police have been very good in here, and the locals and the ex-pats have brought us so many supplies. ... We’re doing OK.”
The Goat has operated on Western Boulevard for more than a decade.
A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said his office has contacted the U.S. embassy in Honduras.