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Drug trio on bail

Officer, brother and businessman released after week on remand

COURT TODAY BLOCKThree men, including a policeman, who were charged last week in relation to the seizure of 10 pounds of marijuana, have been released on $35,000 bail after spending a week in jail.

Special Constable Jimmy Carlos Obrian Thorne, 37, of Coach Hill, St John; his brother Jamal Andre Thorne, a 32-year-old carpenter of Cherry Grove, St John; and Ross Ryan Ashton, a businessman who resides at Block 4D Rosemont, Deacons Road, St Michael, returned to the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale who last week said he needed more time to decide whether to grant the trio bail.

Special Constable Jimmy Thorne, his younger brother Jamal Andre Thorne, and Ross Ryan Ashton

Special Constable Jimmy Thorne, his younger brother Jamal Andre Thorne, and Ross Ryan Ashton

When he agreed to release them today, the magistrate ordered the accused to surrender their travel documents and report to the police station several times during the week. They were also warned not to leave the country without the court’s permission.

In the case of the special constable, Magistrate Seale said: “Apart from reporting, keep away from police stations. That is the only time you should be at a police station. I don’t want it to be said that you were trying to influence anyone or tampering with evidence or anything like that.”

While the officer and Ashton will have to report to the police station twice a week, Jamal will have to do so more frequently – three times a week.

The Thorne brothers were jointly charged with possession, trafficking and intent to supply the illegal drugs on January 25.

Jamal faces three similar counts singly, while his older brother is accused separately of cannabis possession.

Meanwhile, Ashton faces a charge of committing acts preparatory for the purpose of trafficking marijuana.

The matters were adjourned until April 27.

Attorney-at-law Angella Mitchell-Gittens is representing all three accused.

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