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Guardsman cocaine trial put off till February 19

Published:Tuesday | January 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The case against two St James men who were arrested after 66 kilograms of cocaine were reportedly found inside the Guardsman Limited vehicle in which they were travelling, on April 20, 2013, has been set for mention on February 19.

Owen Glaze and Andrew Brown, who were expected to stand trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, had their bails extended after presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie was told that attorney-at-law George Thomas, who is part of the men's defence team, needed to get further instructions from one of the defendants.

BAILS EXTENDED

"I had words with my learned senior, Mr George Thomas, this morning, and he is to take further instructions from Mr Glaze before he can determine how we are to proceed in this matter," attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas told Tie.

The case was subsequently set for mention on February 19, and Glaze and Brown had their bails extended.

Glaze and Brown were arrested on April 20, 2013, by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division and the Jamaica Defence Force, following an operation along the Mount Carey main road in St James.

It is alleged that, during the police operation, the defendant's vehicle was stopped and searched and the cocaine, valued at approximately J$264 million, was found.

Glaze and Brown were subsequently charged with possession of, dealing in, taking steps to export, and trafficking cocaine.

christopher.thomas@gleanerjm.com