Sunday 12 July, 2020

Cop allegedly held with ganja, freed of related charges

A policeman who was arrested for possession of ganja after the drug was allegedly found in his car along the Palisadoes main road in Eastern Kingston four years ago, has been freed in court.

Constable Robert Roach had the charges against him dismissed when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

He had been charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja, and trafficking in ganja.

The allegations were that Roach was arrested on June 6, 2015, in the vicinity of the Norman Manley International Airport after a search of his vehicle revealed a portion of compressed ganja, which weighed 44 pounds.

At his trial, the police officer's attorney challenged the prosecution's case, arguing that the witnesses called were not able to say where the ganja was being kept prior to it being taken to the Government laboratory.

Additionally, the defence stated that the investigator, who had been identified as the person who submitted the ganja for testing, did not give testimony in that regard at the trial.

The presiding parish judge, after hearing the submissions, dismissed the case against Constable Roach.

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