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Magistrate warns St Elizabeth police after man nabbed passing contraband to inmates

Published:Wednesday | January 21, 2015 | 3:57 PM

A St Elizabeth magistrate is warning police in the parish to be more careful after a man, believed to be of unsound mind, was allegedly caught trying to pass on contraband items to inmates at the Santa Cruz lock-up.

Lamar Cooktion was charged when he appeared in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

When asked how he got access to the lock-up, he told the court that the gate leading to the area where the prisoners were kept had been left open.

Resident Magistrate, Sonya Wint-Blair, warned the police to be more careful as Cooktion could have easily tried to pass on a weapon such as firearm.

It is reported that a female officer was in a bathroom when she reportedly heard sounds in the vicinity of the lock-up.

After making checks, she reportedly saw Cooktion trying to pass a small quantity of ganja and a pack of cigarettes into the lock-up.

Cooktion told the court that he was offered $100 to pass on the contraband.


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