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St Thomas businessman and employee on drug charges granted bail

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:26 PM

St Thomas businessman 46-year-old Paul Campbell and his employee 34-year-old Jasie Hayley were each granted $200,000 bail with surety on cocaine charges today.

In granting bail, parish judge Andrea Pettigrew Collins ordered them to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 26.

Campbell and Hayley are charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export cocaine.

In making the bail application attorney Hensley Williams and Latoya Latibeaudiere told the judge that Campbell has been in the export trade for 20 years without blemish.

Williams argued that as an exporter Campbell conducts business on behalf of persons who do not have an export licence.

The attorney said the businessman did not package or inspect the produce in question and that his only responsibility was to ship the items.

He also submitted that Hayley went to the warehouse to check items inside the building and was not responsible for the contents.

Campbell and Hayley were arrested and charged last month after the Narcotics Police seized more than two pounds of cocaine hidden in food in a warehouse belonging to Campbell at the Norman Manley International Airport.

The police said the cocaine, valued at more than $1 million, was destined for England.