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December 16, 2013
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Seized vehicle returned to man on cocaine rap
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

One of the two St James men who were arrested following the seizure of cocaine from a Guardsman vehicle earlier this year had his seized motor vehicle returned to him following an application filed by his lawyer on Thursday.

Peter Brown, who is charged with Owen Glaze for possession of and trafficking 66 kilograms of cocaine, was able to get back his vehicle, which had been seized by the police following the men's arrest on April 20, after his attorney Kenneth Churchill-Neita filed the application before presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie. The men then had their case set for mention on January 30.

Allegations are that on April 20, Glaze and Brown were driving a Guardsman vehicle in Mount Carey, St James, when they were intercepted by police acting on information. The vehicle was searched and the cocaine, which had a street value of $264 million, was found. Both men were subsequently arrested and charged.

In filing the application Churchill-Neita said that Brown's confiscated car had no connection to the case.

"There was a motor vehicle seized when he was arrested which has no connection to the case. Under the circumstances, I am making an application for the vehicle to be released to its owner," said Churchill-Neita.

"There is no mention of that vehicle in my file ... it is a part of the investigation, but there is no mention of the vehicle being seized," said clerk of the court Reginald England.

"So the police are saying that they need the vehicle?" RM Tie asked.

"No, Your Honour," England replied after conferring with the officer.

The court was told that a number of police statements are still outstanding from the prosecution's case file.

"Mr Brown, Mr Glaze, you are both to return here on the 30th of January," Tie told the defendants, while also instructing that the car should be released to Brown and that the prosecution's file should be copied for service to the defence.

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