Alleged druggist denied bail
Despite pleas that his absence is adversely affecting his three-year-old daughter, a businessman was remanded on drug charges in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday.
Michael Abrahams, 36, of Caribbean Estate, is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, taking steps to export cocaine, using premises for storage cocaine and conspiracy.
When Abrahams appeared yesterday before parish judge Grace Henry-McKenzie, his lawyer Sheldon Campbell made an impassioned application for bail.
"Your honour since his my client's arrest, his three-year-old daughter is worried sick about her father as they are very close. Your honour you know that there is that close bond between father and daughter and she just keeps on crying for daddy; he is the one she depends on dearly despite her living with her mother," Campbell said.
Strict bail conditions
He further suggested the judge could impose strict bail conditions and assured his client would honour all of them.
Henry-McKenzie told the defence team she will reflect on the bail application over the weekend. She then ordered Abrahams remanded until July 20 when she will hand down her decision.
The judge was told the forensic certificate requires more time due to the amount of drugs seized (170 pounds or 77 kilograms). The drug find is valued at J$98 million.
Allegations are that about 4 p.m. on Friday July 7, police personnel from the Trans-National Crime and Narcotics division conducted an operation at a house in Caribbean Estate.
The police found two travel bags and a suitcase containing 70 rectangular packages in clear plastic and wrapped with masking tape.
The court was also told that documents and cash amounts of US$1,400 and J$40,000 were also found.