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Man Bailed Over Drug Charges

By LAMECH JOHNSON


Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN on trial in Magistrate’s Court in connection with a 130 pound marijuana seizure was granted $10,000 bail yesterday when he appeared in the Supreme Court.

Justin Turnquest, 20, of Wulff Road, was granted the bond by Justice Bernard Turner after defence attorney Christina Galanos asked the judge to consider the circumstances surrounding the case and her client’s clean record.

Turnquest was granted bail on condition that he report to the Wulff Road Police Station every Monday and Friday before 6pm. He is not allowed to leave the country.

Last November, the 20-year-old was charged along with 26-year-old Derez Cartwright of Garden Hills 1.

The pair were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez on one count of drug possession with the intent to supply and two counts of possession of ammunition.

It is claimed that on November 26, 2011, the men were in possession of 130 pounds go Indian Hemp and six live rounds of ammunition at a home on Geranium Avenue.

After Cartwright’s early a admission of guilt and claim of ownership of the narcotics and ammunition, the chief magistrate sentenced him to serve four years at Her Majesty’s Prison, the minimum possible sentence.

Turnquest pleaded not guilty, but the prosecution did not withdraw the charges against him, as they did for the third initial defendant, Alicia Cartwright.

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