By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on multiple drug charges concerning the recent seizure of more than $500,000 worth of marijuana at a home in South Beach.
Jermaine Stuart, 39, of Banyan Avenue, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes in court number eight facing charges of conspiracy to import dangerous drugs, conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply, importation of dangerous drugs, and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.
Stuart, who denied and pleaded not guilty to the charges, is alleged to have committed these crimes on February 27.
On the day in question, Drug Enforcement Unit officials acted on a tip and executed a search warrant on a residence at South Beach Drive.
While no drugs were found inside the home, police said they discovered 512 pounds of suspected marijuana inside a Honda vehicle.
The drugs have an estimated street value of $512,000.
Stuart is scheduled to stand trial on May 2 in connection with the incident.
Magistrate Forbes told the accused that due to the nature of the offences, he was not eligible for bail from his court and would be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison to await trial.
However, Stuart was further informed of his right to apply for bail in the Supreme Court.