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New court date for entertainers on cocaine rap

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 3:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

Three of the six entertainers who were arrested at Sangster International Airport on cocaine charges last December had their case set for mention on March 25 when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Claudette Miller-Robinson, who is charged with possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export one pound of cocaine, had her bail extended to the next court date. Simone Bacchas, who is charged in relation to one and a half pounds of cocaine, and Kharell Wisdom, who has not yet been pleaded in his matter, were remanded.

Clerk of the court, Yanique Henry, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that a number of documents had not yet been added to the prosecution's case file.

"The position with all of these matters is that the forensic reports and the chain-of-custody statements are still outstanding. The forensic reports only need to be typed and signed, and the police are doing all of them together, so it will be another two weeks for completion," said Henry.

Miller-Robinson, Wisdom, Bacchas, and three other defendants - Kevin Tapper, Garth Jobson, and Ramone Rowe - were arrested on December 18, 2014 after they were reportedly found with varying amounts of cocaine on their person and in their luggage while at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Jobson and Rowe pleaded guilty in respect of five pounds and two pounds of cocaine, respectively, and are to be sentenced on Wednesday, March 11. Tapper, who pleaded guilty concerning three and a quarter pounds of cocaine, will be sentenced on March 27.