Police officers seemingly did not conduct sufficient investigations to link Bradford Prince and his alleged drug-dealing operations to a quantity of cash that they suspected were the proceeds of criminal conduct.
Police reportedly found more than 1,600 grams of cocaine, a quantity of cannabis, and $4,000 cash when they raided the man’s residence back in June.
But, during Prince’s trial in the Magistrate’s Court, his attorney Stephen Daniels sought to disprove that the $4,000 amount was money earned from the sale of drugs.
While cross-examining Officer Richard Francis – one of the law enforcers involved in his client’s case – Daniels asked whether police carried out forensic tests to find out if any of the monies had cocaine or marijuana residue.
“I have not done it, Your Honour,” the cop replied.
The attorney further asked whether police conducted any follow-up investigations about the salary of his client, who is employed by the Public Works Department.
The law enforcer, again, replied no.
“Obviously he would be paid by the government … you didn’t follow up on the nature of his employment,” the attorney said.
And while continuing in his attempt to discredit the ‘drug money’ charge, Daniels asked: “Could you recall that Mr Prince told you that the monies that were found came from his singing, also, it came from doing survey work, also, he would have mentioned that he sold some CD’s because he is a singer?” asked Daniels.
Francis responded “yes” to all questions.
Is $4,000 a lot of money?
Daniels then asked the cop whether he believed $4,000 was a large amount of cash.
“I cannot say what is a lot for someone. Some people may find $4,000 to be a lot of money, some people may find $4000 is no money,” Officer Francis replied.
Prince’s trial was then adjourned and is scheduled to resume on October 8.
It is alleged that police accosted the 56-year-old accused during a stop-and-search operation outside a nightclub on Tortola on June 18.
The law enforcers reportedly found $1,666 in Prince’s pocket and 12.8 grams of cocaine in the vehicle within which he was travelling.
He was subsequently arrested.
The court heard that police later executed a search warrant at Prince’s residence where they allegedly recovered more cash and drugs.
Police reportedly found 1,644.36 grams of cocaine and 21.58 grams of cannabis.
The law enforcers also found four bundles of cash bound by rubber bands at the residence. Each bundle amounted to $1,000, the court heard.
Prince was subsequently charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another, as well as possession of proceeds of criminal conduct.
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