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Soldier on drug charges denied bail

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 4:52 PM

The Jamaica Defence Force soldier, charged with allegedly attempting to export cocaine, was denied bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today.

The bail application for Lance Corporal Sedona Maxwell was made by attorney-at-law Valerie Neita Robertson.

Maxwell was ordered by parish judge Chester Crooks to return to court on July 12, when the case will be mentioned.

The 32 year old army man is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and attempting to export cocaine.

It was reported that Maxwell turned up at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston last Sunday afternoon to board a flight to Canada when canine personnel alerted detectives to a suitcase.

It is further reported that the suitcase, which was retrieved and traced to the soldier, was later examined in the presence of the soldier and found to contain false compartments.

It's reported that during a search of the false compartments a white powdery substance resembling cocaine was found.

The lawmen also discovered that more cocaine was hidden in three souvenir cups.

The soldier and the contents of the suitcase were taken to the Narcotics Office located at the airport where detectives conducted a more detailed examination.

It was confirmed as cocaine.

The illicit drug weighed 6.2 pounds and has an estimated street value of approximately $3.3 million.