Men held for ganja get bail ex­ten­sion

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

The four St James men who were ar­rested fol­low­ing the seizure of 857 pounds of ganja by the po­lice last year had their bails ex­tended un­til Novem­ber 26 when they ap­peared in the Mon­tego Bay Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate’s Court on Novem­ber 8.

Fifty- six- year- old me­chanic Peter Chin, from Roe­hamp­ton dis­trict; 54- year- old gar­dener Del­roy Craw­ford, from Over River dis­trict; 53- year- old Ansel Mar­son, also a gar­dener, from John’s Hall; and 38- year- old bus driver Dal­ton Wright, from Cather­ine Hall, had their bails ex­tended af­ter the pros­e­cu­tion in­di­cated that it had a prob­lem with the foren­sic cer­tifi­cate on its case- file.

SEARCH PROP­ERTY

The al­le­ga­tions are that at ap­prox­i­mately mid­night on Septem­ber 18, 2012, a po­lice team re­ceived in­for­ma­tion which led them to con­duct a search of a prop­erty at Unity Hall, St James. Dur­ing the search, 19 bags with 857 pounds of vegetable mat­ter re­sem­bling ganja were found. The four men, who were on the prop­erty, were placed in cus­tody and charged two days later.

“Is the file now ready?” Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Carolyn Tie asked clerk of the court Or­rett Brown, when the mat­ter was men­tioned yes­ter­day.

“No, Your Hon­our; while I re­ceived a state­ment con­cern­ing the cus­tody of the foren­sic cer­tifi­cate, there is a gap which is not ac­counted for,” said Brown, though he did not elab­o­rate.

“I will set the case for men­tion on Novem­ber 26,” said RM Tie. “You are all to re­turn here on Novem­ber 26, and your bails are ex­tended un­til then,” she ad­vised the four de­fen­dants.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY

A hand­cart man on Dar­ling Street last Satur­day with his cart equipped with its li­cence plate.

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