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Man on cocaine smuggling charge to be sentenced on February 9

Published:Saturday | January 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St Ann man, who was arrested in early December for attempting to smuggle cocaine at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, will be brought back to court for sentencing on February 9.

Oneil Campbell pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export two and a half pounds of cocaine when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court on Monday. He was remanded in custody after being given the return court date.

Although the details of the allegations were not outlined in court, it is understood that Campbell was arrested on December 15, after he was intercepted at the airport and the cocaine was found in his possession.

Attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas, who is representing Campbell, asked presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines to order a social enquiry report to assist in determining the defendants sentence.

Reports requested

"We are wondering if we could have a social enquiry report ... . He is from St Ann, so that will take some time," said attorney Thomas. "Could we set the matter for six weeks from now and see what happens?"

"I will set it for seven weeks ... . A social enquiry report and criminal records are requested," RM Hart-Hines replied.

"You will be brought back here on February 9," the magistrate told Campbell, before he was taken back into custody.