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Pair Accused Over $2m Cocaine Haul

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the recent seizure of nearly $2 million worth of cocaine by law enforcement.

Joshua McDonald Scavella, 37, and Tavern Leroy Rolle, 46, appeared before Magistrate Constance Delancy facing a charge of conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

It is alleged that the pair, being concerned with others on Sunday, August 22, conspired to possess cocaine intending to supply the illegal narcotics.

Scavella was separately charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Shortly after 8am on the day in question, police officers from the K-9 unit and the Airport Division conducted a search of a chartered aircraft that had just landed at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, according to initial police reports.

The search uncovered two large bags containing 51 kilos - or 112 pounds - of cocaine that have an estimated value of $1.86 million.

A man was taken into custody to assist the Drug Enforcement Unit officers with their investigations.

Both Scavella and Rolle were told that they would stand trial on October 19.

However, because of the nature of the offences, they were denied bail and remanded to the Department of Correctional Services to await trial.

They were informed of their right to instruct their lawyers to make an application for bail, on their behalf, to the Supreme Court.

Scavella and Rolle have respectively retained Calvin Seymour and Ryszard Humes to represent them against the charges that could see them facing up to seven years in jail if convicted.

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