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Man with ‘extensive rap sheet’ gets $20K bail

Laren Turnbull

Laren Turnbull, the man who external police reportedly held with a quantity cocaine and marijuana on Tortola last week, has been granted $20,000 bail.

The 47-year-old accused, who the Prosecution said has an ‘extensive rap sheet that is two pages long’, is charged with possession of 6.1 grams of cocaine and 37.25 grams of marijuana.

Turnbull was not made to plead to the offences when he appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo on Friday as he told the court he needed an attorney.

Allegations are that members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police were on mobile patrol near Sandra’s Bar in Long Bush when they accosted the accused.

The law enforcers conducted a subsequent search of Turnbull and allegedly recovered a transparent plastic bag from the waist of his pants.

The court heard that the bag contained vegetable matter suspected of being marijuana.

Police also recovered a white powdery substance from Turnbull, the court heard.

“Officer, that’s all I have and the white substance is coke,” Turnbull allegedly admitted.

He was subsequently arrested.

In court, Magistrate DaBreo ordered Turnbull to get drug counseling as a condition of bail.

Turnbull is scheduled to return to court on January 19 to answer to the charges.

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