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December 7, 2013
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New court date for men held with cocaine

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


The case of the two British nationals charged in connection with liquid cocaine seized at the Sangster International Airport will return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court next January.

Sales assistant, Jaharie Silvera, 28, from Woodreen, and his cousin, René Henriquez, 26, a student from Northumberland, both in London, are charged with possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export cocaine. They had their bails extended to January 10, 2014, yesterday, as their case-file was still incomplete.

Allegations are that on May 11, Silvera and Henriquez were intercepted at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay while preparing to board a flight to England.

The men's suitcases were searched and a combined total of 15 bottles containing a bluish-green liquid, believed to be cocaine, were found. Both were subsequently arrested.

Yesterday, clerk of the court Orrett Brown told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that the cousins' lawyer, Ernie Smith, was absent and that a number of documents were outstanding from the case-file.

"They (Silvera and Henriquez) are represented by Mr Ernie Smith, and he was asking that the matter be set for the 10th of January," said Brown. "We are still awaiting the forensic certificates and the chain-of-custody statements."

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