By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of five men arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on multiple charges pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $800,000 drug smuggling plot.
Peter Taylor, 51, of Mangrove Cay, Andros, standing before Magistrate Andrew Forbes in court 8, admitted possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, importation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply.
However, police prosecutor ASP Ercell Dorsett asked for an adjournment until March 5 so that he would be able to fully read the file to ensure he would have all the facts regarding Taylor’s involvement.
He also said he would be in a position to inform the court if he would proceed prosecution against Taylor’s co-accused, who pleaded not guilty.
Leeland Curling, 52, of Winton Meadows, William Curling, 45, of Sea Breeze Estates, Andrew Adderley, 46, of Long Island, and Onique James, a 25-year-old Jamaican, are all alleged to have committed the crimes along with Taylor on February 24.
On the early morning in question, a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force observed two men unloading a large quantity of suspected drugs from a vessel onto a waiting truck around 4am.
The two men were then
arrested and, days later,
police arrested another three men in connection with the incident. The prosecutor told the court there was a good chance he may proceed against the remaining defendants but would prefer to have a comprehensive look at the file.
The magistrate agreed to the adjournment and stood the matter down until March 5.