Father, son behind bars on drug rap

Friday, August 17, 2012

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A 56-year-old man who accepted responsibility for almost 300 pounds of marijuana found at the home he shares with his son, is in lock-up awaiting sentencing.

The man, Alfred Hart, will be sentenced in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on August 28.

He and his 28-year-old son Ricardo, an ex-soldier, were arrested on August 7 after police raided their home on Maynard Avenue, Patrick City in Kingston and found 58 parcels of ganja in a storeroom on the premises.

The drugs weighed 298 pounds.

Police report that the father admitted that the drugs belonged to him.

"Boss, a my ting. A little hustling; nutten nah gwaan. All me a do a beg you back di fridge. Mi son nuh know nutten bout it boss," Alfred reportedly said when he was cautioned.

However, police said he later telephoned his son, who was not at the premises at the time of the search, and asked him to come take charge of his "ting".

Upon arriving, the younger Hart was also arrested.

On Wednesday when both men appeared in court, Alfred pleaded guilty to possession of and dealing in ganja, but on the charges of taking steps to export ganja and conspiracy to export ganja, he pleaded not guilty. His son, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

They were both remanded in custody and are scheduled to return to court in two weeks, when a bail application will be made on the son's behalf.




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