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Wrecker driver loses drug-related convictions

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 6:54 PM

Wrecker driver Courtney Thompson, who was caught transporting a motorcar containing 542 pounds of ganja, has lost his appeal against his conviction and sentence for possession of ganja and trafficking in ganja.

On conviction, Thompson was fined $15,000 or 12 months' imprisonment at hard labour for possession of ganja and $500,000 or 18 months' imprisonment for trafficking in ganja.

In dismissing the appeal, the Court kept the option of the fines but reduced the prison time to six months in prison for each offence.

On July 9, 2008, Sergeant Leroy Hanson, who was attached to the Mandeville Police Station, received information and stopped a wrecker along the Winston Jones Highway in Manchester.

The policeman looked inside a motorcar on top of the wrecker and saw several packages inside.

Thompson, who was driving the wrecker, was instructed to drive to the Mandeville police station.

Thompson said he had no key for the motorcar and policemen used a wire to gain entry to the vehicle.

Several bags and packages containing ganja were found inside the motorcar.

Thompson said he did not know that ganja was in the vehicle.

He said he was given a job to transport the motorcar to Old Harbour, St Catherine.

On April 2, 2013 Resident Magistrate Desiree Alleyne convicted Thompson of the offences.