Er­ror on doc­u­ment stalls crack- co­caine case

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

ASt James man, who was ar­rested and charged for pos­ses­sion of 41 pieces of crack- co­caine, had his case set for men­tion on De­cem­ber 6 when he ap­peared be­fore the Mon­tego Bay Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate’s Court on November 8.

Forty- seven- year- old auto me­chanic Las­celles McKen­zie, who is of a Salt Spring ad­dress, and who is charged for pos­ses­sion of and deal­ing in crack- co­caine, was given the re­turn date af­ter the court was in­formed of a dis­crep­ancy with one of the docu- ments on the pros­e­cu­tion’s case file.

The al­le­ga­tions are that on June 5, a joint po­lice- mil­i­tary team con­ducted an op­er­a­tion in Hur­lock, St James, and went to a house where McKen­zie and two other men were seen on the ve­randa. The house was searched, and the crack- co­caine was found hid­den in a cooler, fol­low­ing which the men were ar­rested and charged.

FREED OF CHARGES

McKen­zie’s co- ac­cused, Ri­cardo Mun­roe, of Princess Street in Mon­tego Bay; and Ri­cordo Ash­wood, a car­pen­ter of a Birm­ing­ham ad­dress, in Eng­land, were freed of the charges when the mat- ter was last be­fore the court on November 6, fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion to dis­miss the case against them.

Yes­ter­day, McKen­zie’s lawyer, Trevor Ho Lyn, told Res­i­dent, Mag­is­trate Carolyn Tie that the name that had been given on the foren­sic cer­tifi­cate was not his client’s name.

“There is a ty­po­graph­i­cal er­ror on the cer­tifi­cate, the wrong name, so we ask that the mat­ter be dis­missed,” said Ho Lyn.

“We can set it for De­cem­ber 6 just to get the ty­po­graph­i­cal er­ror cor­rected,” said Tie. “Come back here on De­cem­ber 6, and the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer is bound over to be here,” the mag­is­trate ad­vised the de­fen­dant.

Yulit Gor­don

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