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When her plane lands at RDU, woman stuck in Honduras greeted with flowers, cheers

Posted August 10

— When Amanda Laroque's plane landed safely on Thursday just after midnight at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, she was greeted with open arms.

Over a dozen people were waiting for her anticipated arrival, including her mother, who was carrying a bouquet of flowers.

"I have not slept. I have been dreaming about you coming home. This has just been so crazy," said Barbara Levy, Laroque's mother.

Amanda Laroque

Laroque, 51, was stuck in Honduras for more than a week after officials there believed she was carrying drugs. She had been checking out houses in Roatan, an island off the Honduran coast, and was heading back to the U.S. when she was arrested at the airport late last month.

Laroque was actually carrying a "can safe," a fake Arizona Iced Tea can used by tourists to hide money and jewelry while on the beach. When airport security in Honduras asked to examine the can, they cut into the lining and found a substance authorities believed was cocaine. On Friday, the substance tested negative for narcotics, and Laroque was released from jail.

On Wednesday, her passport was returned, and her journey back home began. ​

Amanda LaRoque and her attorneys

LaRoque said she is thankful to those that helped her through her time in Honduras.

"To all of the locals who have been so extremely helpful to me, and so many of them have come by to say goodbye and give me hugs," she said. "It's just really sad this whole thing happened."


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  • Scott Patterson Aug 10, 9:58 a.m.
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    After these 2 articles I have no sympathy for this woman. Just another business in Raleigh that doesnt deserve my money.

  • Henry Cooper Aug 10, 8:54 a.m.
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    Some will not have much sympathy for her.

    When you foster stereotypes in your community ("come get Slant Eyed at The Goat for Chinese new year" which did not play well with Chinese Americans ) and do a news interview and claim that you have a hard time affording health insurance but you are shopping for vacation properties in Honduras your stories make many think you are full of it.