Convicted drug dealer swaps places with son

NASSAU – A magistrate yesterday convicted a drug dealer of escaping from police custody by swapping places with his son.

Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis also found Sergeant Troy Lewis guilty of facilitating Melvin Maycock Sr.’s release by placing Melvin Maycock Jr., in a holding cell at the Elizabeth‚Estates Police Station in February 2008.

Maycock Jr. was also convicted.

According to the evidence, police arrested Maycock Sr., who is known as Big Mel, at Yamacraw Beach on suspicion of drug trafficking. Officers allegedly met his son in the lock-up the following morning.

Maycock, whom federal prosecutors in South Florida claim is the head of a multinational drug trafficking gang, is fighting extradition on those allegations along with his son.

Maycock was arrested in June 2008 in relation to the seizure of 1,250 pounds of marijuana and three unlicensed handguns at an apartment at Marine Drive, West Bay Street, in May 2008.

He is serving a three-year sentence for a conviction for those offenses.

In delivering his decision, Rolle-Davis recommended that police implement a procedure where suspects are immediately finger-printed and photographed upon arrest.

He also suggested that a tamper-proof video surveillance system be installed in all police stations so there would be a record of all activity in the event that allegations of impropriety arise.

The magistrate has deferred sentencing to February 20. Lewis and Maycock Jr. remain on bail until then. (Nassau Guardian)

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