Soldier on cocaine trial

June 24, 2017
A Jamaican soldier

A soldier who is before the courts, charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act, allegedly told the police he was going through a phase and decided to "try a thing".

When the matter was called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday, Lance Corporal Sedona Maxwell, 32, was denied bail by parish judge Chester Crooks.

The court was told that when cautioned at the airport, Maxwell allegedly said, "Sarge mi a go through a phase and mi a try a thing".

His attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, said her client would not enter a plea at this time because she was yet to receive a copy of the case file.

Allegations are that Maxwell arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport at 4:30 p.m. and attempted to board an Air Canada flight to Toronto, Canada. Security checks unearthed a powdery substance, thought to be cocaine, in three souvenir cups.

Further allegations are that during other checks, more of the substance was found in a concealed compartment. The drug weighed five pounds and eight ounces.

The court heard that the conclusion of the lab test was incomplete.

Though the investigating officer told the court he was not oppose to bail, Judge Crooks, who was leaning towards granting bail, made a sudden turn after he learnt the accused man was a soldier.

A fingerprint order was made and Maxwell is to return to court on July 12.

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