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Case against cops on drug smuggling charges deferred

Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

A drug smuggling case, involving a police officer and a former airport employee was deferred until December 1 when they appeared in the Montego Bay RM Court on Monday as the prosecutor from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was absent.

Vincent Saddler, a former police sergeant, is facing a charge of conspiracy to export ganja, while Donovan Clarke, a former employee of the Sangster International Airport, is charged with possession of and dealing in cocaine, and conspiracy to export ganja.

It is alleged that on December 1, 2010, Saddler and Clarke were arrested during an operation by investigators from the anti-corruption branch in relation to alleged narcotics trafficking network between the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and the Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada.

At the time of the arrest of Clarke and Saddlers, the local police reported that their Canadian counterparts had arrested nine co-conspirators in a similar operation in Canada.

On Monday, attorney-at-law Dionne Maylor, who is representing both Saddler and Clarke, told Resident Magistrate Carolyn (RM) Tie that the case had been set for mention to facilitate an application to change Clarke's bail conditions.

"I have had word from the DPP's office that Ms Maxine Jackson, who has conduct of this matter, is in the St Ann Circuit Court and cannot be here. She is asking for the matter to be set in December when she will be in Montego Bay," said attorney Maylor.

The judge subsequently set December 1 as the next mention date.

"This matter is set for December 1. Your bail is extended until then," RM Tie informed the defendants before allowing them to leave the courtroom.

- Christopher Thomas