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Correctional officer freed of ganja-related charges

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 9:49 AM

Forty-one-year-old correctional officer Devon Phillips has been freed of charges of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and breaches of the Correctional Services Act.

The Spanish Town, St Catherine resident was freed after a no-case submission by defence lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson.

When the matter came before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday the police officer responsible for the exhibit could not identify it.

Tavares-Finson argued that since the exhibit could not be identified then Phillips should not be called upon to answer to the charges.

The magistrate agreed and freed Phillips.

Phillips was charged in 2013 after his supervisor allegedly caught him in possession of four ounces of ganja at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.

It was alleged that on March 26, 2013 the supervisor saw Phillips walking into the prison compound with a brown paper bag and a piece of aluminium foil on top.

The supervisor checked the contents and allegedly found a quantity of ganja.

The correctional officer was subsequently arrested and charged.