Thursday 28 May, 2020

Soldier and wife who were held with over 600lbs of ganja granted bail

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier and his wife, who were arrested in connection with a major marijuana bust in Portmore, St Catherine were both granted bail in the sum of $600,000 when they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday.

As a condition of bail the JDF corporal, Dwight Stephens and his wife Stacey Ann are required to report to the police station daily and to surrender their travel documents.

The two were banned from all ports of entry and exit.

In applying for bail their lawyer Peter Champagnie told the court that one of the accused, upon being formally interviewed, told the police that the ganja was found in a house that was occupied by a helper and her common-law husband.

Champagnie also told the court that Stephens was suffering from a medical condition and so too was a child belonging to the couple.

The two are booked to return to court on Thursday, July 26.

Reports are that between 12:15 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., on Friday, May 11, narcotics detectives and officers from the St Catherine South Police Division conducted an operation at a premises in Greater Portmore, during which both compressed and loose ganja were reportedly found.

The ganja weighed a total of 651.8 pounds.

Cash totalling $265,000, along with a licensed firearm with ammunition and two motorcars were also seized.

The two were charged for possession, dealing, taking steps to export, and using premises for drugs, conspiracy and possession of criminal property


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