Ganja dealer pleads guilty after massive drug bust

January 23, 2017
Derrique Reid pleaded guilty to drug charges after he was found with some 400 pounds of similarly compressed ganja.

St Catherine resident Derrique Reid, who was one of three men held with over 400 pounds of compressed ganja, pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and trafficking of the drug when the case was called up in the St Catherine Parish Court last week.

He is to be sentenced on February 17.

Allegations are that on January 3, police stopped a Toyota motor car driven by Reid along the Old Harbour Bay main road in St Catherine. Two other men, Wilford Scully and Hugh O'Connor, were in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, 138 pounds of ganja was found. The police then went to Reid's Old Harbour Bay home, where 238 pounds of the drug were found.

All three men were charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and trafficking ganja.

However, in court of Friday, attorney-at-law Earl Hamilton made a successful bail application on behalf of his co-accused, Scully, who pleaded not guilty.

Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000.

O'Connor, who also pleaded not guilty, is to reappear in court on January 26. Presiding Judge Tara Reid-Carr told O'Connor that his address needed to be verified by the police.

All three men are booked to reappear in court on February 17, when Reid is to be sentenced.

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