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June 9, 2014
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Alleged cocaine smugglers arrested - Duo tried to use tins of ackee and callaloo to transport drugs
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A St James man and a St Elizabeth woman arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine in tins of ackee and callaloo were offered a combined bail of $900,000 when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday.

Plumber David Findlater, 31, of a Rose Heights address in Montego Bay, and Peta-Gaye Grant, 27, from Thornton address, are charged with possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export six and three-quarter pounds of cocaine. They were given a new mention date of August 13.

Allegations are that on May 5, Grant was preparing to board a flight to London, England, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. While there, her luggage was searched and several tins labelled as containing ackee and callaloo were found to contain a white powdery substance resembling cocaine.

After being taken into police custody, Grant reportedly implicated Findlater in connection with the cocaine, and Findlater was subsequently arrested. Both defendants were charged on Friday.

In making a bail application, Grant's attorney, Charles Sinclair, told Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that the female defendant did not know what was in the food tins.

"She had no knowledge of what was contained in these tins, as they were properly labelled and sealed. She was not intending to participate in any illegal activity," said Sinclair.

Findlater's lawyer, Martyn Thomas, said that his client has no previous criminal convictions.

"He denies the allegations in their entirety, as he has no knowledge and he was not found in possession of the items. He can report to the Mount Salem Police Station as often as required," said Thomas.

"I will offer each of them bail in the sum of $450,000 with three sureties. Ms Grant will report to the Siloah Police Station (in St Elizabeth) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Mr Findlater will report to the Mount Salem Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.," said RM Tie.

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