Mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar co­caine trial put off again

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer christo­pher.thomas@gleaner.com

WEST­ERN BUREAU: THE HIGHLY an­tic­i­pated trial of a for­mer Guards­man em­ployee and an­other man who were ar­rested for al­legedly trans­port­ing co­caine in a ser­vice ve­hi­cle in 2013 has been put off once again, fol­low­ing the men’s lat­est ap­pear­ance in the St James Par­ish Court on Thurs­day.

Owen Glaze and An­drew Brown, the two men charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, had their bails ex­tended un­til March 7, 2017, when their case was men­tioned be­fore pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate Natalie Hart-Hines.

Although the trial was ex­pected to get un­der way on Thurs­day morn­ing, it was resched­uled as the court had a heavy case list with mul­ti­ple mat­ters to dis­pose of.

It was also dis­closed that the clerk of court with re­spon­si­bil­ity for over­see­ing the prose­cu­tion of the mat­ter was at­tend­ing a sem­i­nar.

Glaze and Brown, who are fac­ing charges of pos­ses­sion of, deal­ing in, tak­ing steps to ex­port co­caine, and traf­fick­ing co­caine, were ar­rested on April 20, 2013 by of­fi­cers from the Ma­jor Or­gan­ised Crime and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Agency, the Transna­tional Crime and Nar­cotics Di­vi­sion, and the Ja­maica De­fence Force, who were con­duct­ing an oper­a­tion in St James.

It is al­leged that dur­ing the po­lice oper­a­tion, the de­fen­dants’ ve­hi­cle was stopped and searched, and co­caine val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately J$264 mil­lion was found in the ve­hi­cle.

Since the men were ar­rested, a num­ber of trial dates have been set, dat­ing back to as far as July 8, 2014. How­ever, on each oc­ca­sion, the mat­ter has been put off for vary­ing rea­sons.

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