Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Cop escapes prison time on big ganja case, but trouble still looms

A 35-year-old police constable who was caught unloading 530 pounds of ganja from his pickup truck in April of this year, was on Monday spared prison time thanks to a passionate plea from his attorney for the judge not to send the convicted lawman to prison.

The cop, Damaine Campbell, pleaded guilty to possession of and dealing in ganja, for which he was slapped with a hefty fine plus a period of probation.

Campbell was fined a total of $615,000 and given a two-year period of probation.

Reports are that on April 2, the constable was caught unloading ganja from his Toyota pickup truck in Westmoreland. 

When he appeared in court, his attorney, Peter Champagnie, in his plea, called on the parish judge in Savanna-la-Mar to take into account the fact that his client had already spent six months in custody, and had pleaded guilty.

While the plea found favour with the judge, Campbell’s troubles are not over, as in court on Monday, the Asset Recovery Unit requested a committal order for him to appear before the Circuit Court on October 30.

The Asset Recovery Unit is seeking to have a pecuniary (financial) penalty imposed on Campbell arising from his perceived gains from a criminal lifestyle. 

The policeman was granted bail in relation to that case.

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