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Truck driver freed of ganja charges

Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Thirty-two-year-old truck driver, Kevin Samuels, who was held at the Sangster International Airport with a container containing 10 pounds of ganja, has been freed of ganja-related charges.

Samuels was charged with illegal possession of ganja and attempting to export ganja.

The Crown led evidence that Samuels, who is a Jamaican living in London, was about to board a flight on January 7, 2012 when a Tortuga rum case he had in his possession was searched by the police and the ganja was found inside.

When questioned by the police he produced a receipt and said he purchased the item at a shop inside the airport.

In an unsworn statement from the dock, Samuels told the court that since he was charged the court gave him permission on two occasions to travel overseas.

He said if he were guilty of the charges he would not have returned to face his trial.

Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie who represented Samuels, submitted that the police were not alerted by any suspicious conduct on Samuels' part.

Champagnie argued that when Samuels was arrested, he showed his receipts to the police.

Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tai found Samuels not guilty of the charges.


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