Monday 1 June, 2020

DNA evidence used to secure drug conviction locally

DNA evidence had a significant bearing on a relatively small-scale drug case that was concluded in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The case began after narcotics police arrested and charged a woman at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston on October 6, 2016, with the offences of possession of ganja and taking steps preparatory to export ganja.

She was identified as 34-year-old Shauna Marriott, accountant of Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

Reports are that Marriott, who had checked in to board a flight to Curacao, was questioned after a parcel wrapped in masking tape containing over 14 ounces of compressed ganja, was found in a bin in a restroom at the airport that had been accessed by her.

Marriott denied having any knowledge of the package, but DNA samples were taken from her, along with the package, and submitted to the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine, and a match was confirmed.

Marriott was fined $3,850 for possession of ganja and $7,000 or 30 days in prison for taking steps preparatory to export ganja in court on Tuesday, July 16.

The drug had an estimated street value of $60,000.

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