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Telephone records still outstanding in 2013 cocaine case

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 11:33 AMChristopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas 

Gleaner Writer

Two St. James men, who were reportedly held with more than two pounds of cocaine during a police raid in March 2013, had their bails extended to May 8, when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Hugh Roach, from Westgate Hills in Montego Bay, and Kirk Levey, from Porto Bello, are charged with possession of and dealing in two pounds and 3.24 ounces of cocaine. They were given the new court date, after Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie was told that a court order for telephone records related to the case had not yet been issued.

It is alleged that on March 6, 2013, approximately 5:20 p.m., a police team was on an operation in Westgate Hills when members of the team saw Roach and Levey on the front patio of Roach's house.

Roach allegedly attempted to hide a plastic bag under his chair, but the bag was retrieved and found to contain a rectangular package wrapped in masking tape, which, when cut open, had a white powdery substance resembling cocaine. Roach and Levey were arrested and charged.

When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, the court was informed that a court order, which was to have been served to secure telephone records for the prosecution’s case-file, had not been carried out. As a result, the phone records were still outstanding.

“The paperwork is still not finalized in this matter. The matter is set for May 8, and your bails are extended until then,” RM Tie told Roach and Levey, as she extended their bails to the new court date.