Thursday 20 February, 2020

Police confess 'cocaine' was salt, almost two years later

Almost two years after a Christ Church man was charged with possession of cocaine, police admitted that the substance was in fact salt. 

As a result, five charges against 31-year-old Christopher Andre Edwards of Kingsland Terrace were dismissed by Magistrate Wanda Blair at the Holetown Magistrates' Court.

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According to attorney Kevin Miller, on August 31, 2016, police carried out an operation in Orange Hill, St. James when they allegedly saw the accused running away from the area. 

Left behind, was a container containing cannabis and a white substance suspected to be cocaine. Edwards' passport was also found within the same container.

Later that same day, Miller said, Edwards went to the Holetown Police Station to retrieve his passport and was detained. He was charged with possession, intent to supply and trafficking of cocaine and possession of cannabis. He also faced a possession of apparatus charge.

The lawyer said Edwards told the officers that the white substance was salt and not cocaine but he was still charged.

On numerous occasions, Edwards went to court in relation to the matters but the case was repeatedly adjourned because the prosecutor was never in possession of the file. Adding to this, he was also never served with the analysis report.

Over a year later, on December 8, 2017, a "final" adjournment was given.

It was only last week Friday when the matter came up once more, Edwards faced the same issue - a missing file. The magistrate questioned the prosecution about the quantity of drugs Edwards allegedly had and that was when the file was recovered. 

The analysis report showed that the white substance was indeed not cocaine and that Edwards had a small quantity of weed in his possession. The matter was then dismissed.

When asked if a suit would be brought against the police, Edward's attorney Miller just said he was examining whether there were grounds to bring civil action.

 Station Sergeant Janice Ifill prosecuted in the matter last Friday.

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