Policeman on drug charge granted bail
The Portmore- based policeman who was held with contraband at the lock- ups where he worked was granted $ 250,000 bail during his court appearance on Tuesday.
Richard Stoner, 38, of a Kingston 11 address, pleaded not guilty to possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, and breaching the Corrections Act.
He defended himself and made a successful bail application.
Stoner told the court he had six children who would attend court and needed to make financial preparation for his case.
Bail was granted on condition that he report twice weekly at Hunts Bay Police Station and surrender his travel documents.
A curfew order from 9 p. m. to 8 a. m. has been imposed on him. He was also warned not to contact any Crown witnesses.
Clerk of Courts Nicole Kellier outlined that on Sunday November 10 about 7: 30 a. m., police personnel at the cells were searched.
During the search of the police- man, $ 37,000 along with nine ounces of ganja, a rizzla, and tobacco were found under his denim in a black plastic bag.
Further search of a locker in his barracks room at the station compound revealed more ganja.
He was subsequently placed in custody.
Stoner was later charged by Detective Sergeant Llewellyn Madden.
The matter will again be mentioned on January 21 next year.