A local government security officer allegedly caught with 172 bricks of cocaine has claimed he was holding it for a friend.
Charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another is 43-year-old and father of five, Stacy Smith of Hope Hill.
He was not made to plead when he appeared before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer on Thursday, October 21.
The court was informed that on October 19, 2021, the police received a tip that Smith was storing cocaine at his residence so the law enforcers executed a search warrant at the location.
It is alleged that when the police arrived at the premises, the accused indicated to them he was in possession of illegal drugs. When the officers searched the garage, they found seven bags containing bricks of a white powdery substance.
The accused was questioned as to the exact content of the bags and he allegedly told the officers he believed it was cocaine.
The court was informed that the 43-year-old defendant told police officers one of his friends called and asked him to collect and secure the package for him (the friend).
The accused reportedly said he obliged and knowingly stored the bags of cocaine in his home for the friend. The friend in question remains unidentified.
Smith was subsequently arrested and the cocaine was weighed and amounted to 188.04 kilograms. The street value of the substance of the drugs is $19 million.
During today’s court appearance, Magistrate Palmer offered Smith bail at $80,000 with a $15,000 cash component and one surety. As a condition of bail, Smith must surrender all his travel documents and report to the Road Town Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6 am and 12 pm.
The case was adjourned until November 30, at which time the accused is expected to answer to the charge.
Defence attorney Valerie Stephens-Gordon represents the accused.
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