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April 24, 2014
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Accused smuggler offered bail
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St Ann resident accused of trying to smuggle liquid cocaine that was hidden inside three liquor bottles on to a flight to London was offered bail in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court recently.

Kevin Linton, 31, from Ocho Rios and the United Kingdom, is charged with possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export cocaine. He was offered $500,000 bail and returns to court June 25.

Allegations are that on April 11, Linton was among passengers checking in to board a Thompson flight to London, from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, when his actions aroused suspicion.

He was pulled from a line and a carton box in his possession containing bottles labelled 'Sunshine Liquor' checked. The bottles were opened, and three of them were found to contain a brown oil-like substance resembling cocaine. Linton was subsequently arrested.

In making a bail application yesterday, Linton's attorney, Ernie Smith, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that his client had no knowledge of the substance in the liquor bottles.

"I am going to offer him bail ... on condition that he reports to the Ocho Rios Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday ... ," said RM Tie.



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