Duo walks free from cocaine bust charges

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Wayne Hewlett and Keyon Hamilton have escaped prosecution on charges related to the 1.1 kilos of cocaine which the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) allegedly found in the house in which they lived.

This is as a result of the prosecution withdrawing the matter due to insufficient evidence when the case was called before Justice Stanley John in the High Court.

Several months ago, the prosecution also withdrew the case against Junior Rivera Herrara who was jointly charged with Hewlett and Hamilton. That was due to the fact that Herrera suffered a major stroke and became immobile, was unable to speak and required 24-hour care.

On February 21, 2014, the ONDCP arrested the men and charged them with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of 28 oxycodone hydrochloride pills, and possession of oxycodone hydrochloride pills with intent to sell and possession of cannabis.

It is alleged that the house in Falmouth which the accused occupied was rented by undercover UK cops.

Back in 2014, the ONDCP had issued a statement, indicating that the investigators swooped down on the property in Falmouth and found 1.10kilos of cocaine.

More drugs were allegedly discovered in a vehicle driven by Hamilton.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the ONDCP dismissed as “defamatory” a publication by another media entity regarding what had occurred on the day of the drug bust operation and after.

The ONDCP repeated in part, some of the statements that it labelled as defamatory, saying that it did not collaborate “with another Law Enforcement agency in the importation of cocaine through the V.C. Bird International Airport or anywhere else in the country. “

The law enforcement agency also denied ever “having directly or indirectly assisted any other law enforcement agency whether local, regional or international in the supply or delivery of narcotics.”

The press statement continued: “While not unusual in some instances for matters to be dismissed, the ONDCP continues to thrive in maintaining its successful conviction rate of over 75% within the past 4 years.”

In the statement, the organisation urged all media houses to fact check and report responsibly on all matters of national security and public interest.

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