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August 25, 2014
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Store owner remanded for smuggling cocaine

The panty and brassiere store owner accused of transporting eight and three quarter pounds of cocaine was remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday in order for his address to be verified.

Michael Douglas, 38, is charged with possession of, dealing in, conspiracy and taking steps to export cocaine.

Douglas, who was almost granted bail in the sum of $1million with surety, was refused freedom because Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey was not satisfied with the fact that he had five addresses.

She therefore ordered that he return to court on August 22 so that results of an address verification by the police could be presented to the court at which point the matter of bail could be revisited.

The Crown is alleging that on July 9 the police, acting on information, intercepted a Honda car along Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston. Cocaine hidden in fitted sheets was allegedly found in parts of the vehicle.

Douglas, when cautioned by the police reportedly told them, "mi waan talk to mi lawyer".

The forensic certificate in the matter is outstanding and would not be ready until September 8 as the person required to sign the document is on leave.

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