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January 24, 2014
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Bail extended for mechanic on crack-cocaine charge
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

A St James mechanic who was arrested last June for reportedly possessing 41 pieces of crack-cocaine had his bail extended until February 14 when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday as the case file was incomplete.

Lascelles McKenzie, who is of a Salt Spring address, had previously entered a not-guilty plea for possession of and dealing in crack-cocaine.

It is alleged that on June 5, 2013, a joint police-military team conducted an operation in Hurlock, St James, and went to a house where McKenzie was seen on the veranda. The house was searched, and the crack-cocaine was found hidden in a cooler, following which McKenzie was arrested and charged.

Yesterday, McKenzie's attorney Trevor Ho Lyn, and clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tai that the forensic certificate was still outstanding from the prosecution's case file.

The file is still incomplete," said Ho Lyn.

"We had gotten the forensic certificate, but there was an error on it," Malcolm clarified.

RM Tai subsequently set the case for mention on February 14, at which time the file is expected to be complete.

"You are to return here on February 14. Your bail is extended until then," RM Tai told McKenzie.

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