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Duo on cocaine rap gets April court date
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Two St James men who were reportedly held with more than two pounds of cocaine last March had their case deferred to April 2, in order for their attorneys to be given copies of statements from the prosecution's case file.

Hugh Roach, of Westgate Hills in Montego Bay, and Kirk Levey, of a Porto Bello address, are charged with possession of and dealing in two pounds and 3.24 ounces (1.136 kilograms) of cocaine. They had their combined bail of $1.7 million extended when the matter was mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

It is alleged that on March 6, 2013, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a police team was on an operation in Westgate Hills when members of the team saw Roach and Levey on the front patio of Roach's house.

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Roach attempted to hide a plastic bag under his chair, but the bag was retrieved and found to contain a rectangular package wrapped in masking tape, which when cut open, was found to contain a white powdery substance resembling cocaine. Roach and Levey were arrested and charged.

Yesterday, attorney-at-law Trevor Ho Lyn, who is representing Roach, asked Clerk of the Court Natalie Malcolm if the case file was ready, as the defence had not yet received certain documents.

"Is the matter ready? We have been awaiting some call records (from the case file)," said Ho Lyn. "I gather that some CDs were handed in (from the police), but I do not know what is on them," the attorney added.

"The matter is now ready for trial," Malcolm replied to Ho Lyn. "Counsel was awaiting call records, and we have them here now," the clerk then addressed presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie.

RM Tie subsequently extended their bails.

"We are going to set another date to ensure that the file is in a state of readiness ... come back here on April 2," RM Tie told the defendants.

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