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July 25, 2014
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Farmers freed of ganja charges

Barbara Gayle, Star Writer

Two St Elizabeth farmers have been freed of possession of 26 pounds of ganja following a no-case submission by attorney-at-law, Dwight Reece.

They are 40-year-old Delroy Crawford and 25-year-old Gawayne Swaby of Jointwood District in St Elizabeth.

The Crown led evidence that on May 6, 2013, the police went to an address on Windward Road in Kingston 2, where they executed a search warrant. According to the police,the men were seen putting a tarpaulin with the ganja on the roof a chicken coop in the yard.

However when one of the policemen was being cross examined by Reece, it was pointed out that a statement claimed the farmers were found tying the ganja in tarpaulin on the ground. Reece noted that an endorsement also stated that the ganja was found behind a coop.

According to the attorney, given the three versions of how the ganja was found, the court could not be convinced the men were in possession of the drug.

The submission was upheld by Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis in the Corporate Area RM court yesterday.

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