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St James cocaine case set for trial April 18

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 1:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

The long-anticipated trial of two

St James men who were arrested after 66 kilograms of cocaine was allegedly found inside the Guardsman Limited vehicle in which they were travelling on April 20, 2013 has been set for April 18 this year.

Owen Glaze and Andrew Brown were given the new court date and had their bail extended following their latest appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, when their matter had been set for mention.

Presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines also ordered subpoenas to be issued to all the witnesses in the case.

The prosecution expects to field seven witnesses when the matter will be heard between April 18 and 20.

The two defendants were arrested on April 20, 2013 by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division, and the Jamaica Defence Force following an operation along the Mount Carey main road in St James.

It is alleged that during the police operation, the defendants' vehicle was stopped and searched and cocaine valued at approximately J$264 million found.

Glaze and Brown were subsequently charged with possession of, dealing in, taking steps to export, and trafficking cocaine.