Hairdresser and ex-boyfriend found guilty of drug charges
A hairdresser and her former boyfriend are now awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of drug charges.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick ordered presentencing reports on Natacha Orona Cozier, of King Edward Road, Bank Hall, St Michael, and Calvin Clarence Griffith, of 1st Avenue Sealy Land, Bank Hall. They will return to court on April 29.
Cozier continued on bail while Griffith was remanded until March 31.
When the matter first came before the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, the two denied charges of possession, trafficking, and intent to supply a small quantity of cocaine in 2011.
Cozier also faced a lone charge of handling the substance, to which she pleaded guilty.
At the end of their trial, Magistrate Frederick found Cozier not guilty of intent to supply and trafficking, but found her guilty of possession.
Her co-accused was found guilty of possession, intent to supply and trafficking the substance.
Evidence heard during the trial revealed that police went to the former couple’s home to execute a search warrant. When they arrived, Griffith threw some vials, which contained cocaine rocks, to Cozier who then tried to throw them outside.
Among attorney-at-law Roy Hurley’s submissions to the court, was that his client Cozier never had possession of the drugs.
But in his response, Station Sergeant Keith Belle contented that she did have possession of the cocaine, albeit for a short period, since she caught them before trying to dispose of them.
He added that a person could not handle something without having possession of it.