Soldier & Wife Offered Bail on Drug Charges

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A member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and his wife who were recently arrested in connection with a drug bust were offered bail on Friday.

Corporal Dwight Stephens and his wife Stacey Ann are the accused. Both were charged recently when 600 pounds of ganja was discovered at premises in Portmore, St Catherine

The Stephens were offered bail in the sum of $600,000 when they appeared in the St. Catherine Parish Court today.

The couple were ordered to report to the Police daily and to surrender their travel documents.

A stop order has been placed on Stephens and his wife at all ports of entry.

In applying for bail for both accused today – Attorney, Peter Champagnie, questioned the strength of the case against his clients.

Mr. Champagnie argued that his clients have formally indicated to the police that the ganja was found in a section of the house which was occupied by a helper and her common-law husband.

Mr Champagnie also noted that Corporal Stephens was suffering from a medical condition and his child was also unwell.

Both Stephens were subsequently offered bail and ordered to return to Court on July 26.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.