Po­lice­man on drug charge granted bail

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

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.

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