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Court Wranglings - Man held in lottery scam operation offered $200k bail

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

A Norwood, St James, man arrested during a police operation targeting the infamous Montego Bay-based lottery scam has been offered bail.

Forty-seven-year-old Desmond Gray, a mason, is charged with unlawful possession of property before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, the prosecution revealed that a police statement was outstanding from the case file.

In making a bail application, Gray's lawyer, Martyn Thomas, noted that his client had no previous criminal record.

Resident Magistrate Sandra Wong-Small offered bail to Gray in the sum of $200,000 with surety, ordered him to surrender his fingerprints to the police, and placed a stop order against him at all ports of entry.

Gray is also to report to the Montego Freeport Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The case will be mentioned again on May 15.

Allegations are that on April 19, a police team went to Gray's house in the Norwood area where a search was conducted. Several electronic items - including two computers, a fax machine, a home theatre system, and five flat-screen television sets - and J$1,886,000 were seized. It is said that Gray failed to properly account for them. When cautioned, Gray reportedly said, "Mi wife have receipts fi dem. She in charge a dem ting deh." He was subsequently arrested and charged.

  • Cruise ship worker accused of smuggling drugs freed

WESTERN BUREAU:

More than a year after he was implicated with the recovery of a quantity of cocaine on a cruise ship, Casey Jones left the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court a free man on Monday.

Jones, a resident of Windsor Forest in Portland, had been charged jointly with Ricardo Chin - a former chef employed to the cruise ship - with possession, dealing, and attempting to import 28 pounds of cocaine.

Jones had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Monday, the prosecution revealed that it would not be able to prove its case against Jones as the case file was still missing a statement from the ship's security officer.

It was also disclosed that the ship no longer came to Jamaica, and consequently, the police were having difficulty locating that witness.

Resident Magistrate Sandra Wong-Small subsequently withdrew the charges against Jones, while advising him to walk on the right side of the law.

Allegations are that on February 26, 2011, following the seizure of the cocaine on the ship and Chin's arrest, Jones turned himself in to the police, his lawyer accompanying him.

The packaged narcotic was hidden inside bathing suits in one of the ship's cabins while the vessel was docked at the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal in St James.

- Christopher Thomas