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Jamaican’s drug charges dismissed


Jamaican’s drug charges dismissed
Ralph Joseph James was handed over to Immigration officials after he had three drug cases dismissed yesterday. (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson.)

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AN ATTORNEY is urging Coast Guard sailors and marine police to be careful where they arrest suspected drug runners as they could be outside of Barbados’ territorial waters and jurisdiction.
Attorney Ryan Moseley made the comments yesterday after he successfully argued for the dismissal of three drug charges brought against Ralph Joseph James, who was held 34 miles off Barbados last month.
“I would suggest they do not act extrajudicially. The Coast Guard and marine police can only arrest boats when they are in Barbados’ territorial waters. period,” Moseley said.
“It has nothing to do with the charge. It has to do with where they held him. Do not hold people outside of our territorial waters because you can’t do it,” he stressed.

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