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February 16, 2013
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Farmer charged with exporting cocaine bail denied

Newton Ervin a farmer of Cheapside District in St Elizabeth had his bail application rejected and was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Ervin is charged with exporting 80 kilos (176 lb) of liquid cocaine to the United Kingdom.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court was told that the discovery made international headlines in England and the authorities there are still conducting their investigation.

The Jamaican police are said to be continuing dialogue with their UK counterparts.

The court heard that the drug was allegedly shipped from Jamaica by Ervin disguised in carrot juice.

Ervin, the owner of an export licence confessed to making a shipment, however, he denied that any drug was in the package and that it was passed by local authorities before leaving Jamaica.

He was remanded in custody until March 12 when the case is set for mention.

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