Police Constable Valdano Smith, who was last year convicted in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court for possession of over ten kilograms of cocaine, has been acquitted by the Court of Appeal.
Constable Smith’s attorney, Kemar Robinson, argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict his client.
Mr. Robinson says although the cocaine was found in the car in which the Police Constable was a passenger, his client was never in actual possession of the drugs.
Both the prosecution and the Court of Appeal agreed with the submission.
Constable Smith along with former Police Corporal, Anthony Robinson, were held in a sting operation conducted by the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA, at the Norman Manley International Airport on January 22, 2016.
Police reports are that 22 pounds of cocaine was found in their possession.
Both men were sentenced to each pay a fine of one million dollars or nine months imprisonment at hard labour.
They were also given a two-year suspended sentence.