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November 25 for cocaine and ganja case

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:34 PMChristopher Thomas


The case against three St James residents who were arrested on drug-related charges following a police raid in September has been put off until November 25, as a number of documents are still outstanding.

Sanjae Smythe, Raymond Copeland, and Tara Kentish, who are charged in relation to 10.43 ounces of ganja, had their bails extended to that date when the matter was mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Copeland is also charged alongside another defendant, Nicole Bent, over allegations relating to 49 pounds and 12.5 ounces of cocaine.

When the matter was mentioned yesterday, the court was told that the forensic certificate and Communication Forensic and Cybercrime Unit report in relation to telephone data were outstanding from the prosecution's case file.

The case was subsequently put off until November 25.

It is alleged that on September 9, a police team, acting on information, conducted a search of a house in Catherine Mount, St James, where Copeland and Bent had been seen. During the search, 49 pounds and 12.5 ounces of cocaine wrapped in 23 parcels and US$10,000 (J$1,185,000) were seized.

It is further alleged that on the same day, the police went to premises owned by Copeland at Bogue Village in Montego Bay, where more than 40 bags with vegetable matter resembling ganja, a chillum pipe, and US$13,525 were found.

Smythe and Kentish, who were seen at that premises, were later arrested and charged with the other two defendants.