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Two held on drug-related charges

Police have arrested and charged two people in connection with a number of drug-related offences.

Mary -Ann Gooding, 44, of  Roger’s Road, Government Hill, St Michael  was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with Intent to supply, trafficking of cannabis, and cultivation of cannabis. These offences were committed on November 24, at Government Hill, St Michael.

Police officers responded to a report at the residence of Gooding when the officers observed a number of cannabis plants being cultivated at the residence. She was interviewed and subsequently arrested and charged.

Michael McCarthy Montrose, 37, of Barbarees Hill, St Michael was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, trafficking of cannabis, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and trafficking cocaine. These offences were committed on November 17 at Baxters Road, St Michael.

Police officers were on patrol duty when they encountered Montrose. Whilst being interviewed by officers, Montrose threw away a number of plastic containers and made good his escape. Investigations were conducted and Montrose was later arrested and charged.

Both accused appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court on Friday, November 25. Montrose pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of $3000 with one surety to reappear in court on March 14, 2017.

Gooding pleaded guilty to all of the offences. She was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for six months for the offence of trafficking cannabis, and convicted reprimanded and discharged for the remaining offences.

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