“Sarge mi a go through a phase and mi a try a t’ing,” allegedly said, Sedona Maxwell, when caught with the illicit drug.
The 32-year-old Lance Corporal who is from St. Mary is a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). Sedona Maxwell was reportedly held at the Norman Manley International Airport on June 18, 2017, with 5.8 pounds of cocaine.
According to reports from the police, Maxwell was attempting to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada at approximately 4:45 pm, when he was nabbed by personnel from the police’s Canine Division. The officers from the Cannie Division, then, alerted detectives to a suitcase belonging to Maxwell.
Maxwell’s suitcase was removed and searched in his presence. During the search of the suitcase false compartments were discovered, which contained cocaine; according to law enforcers.
A further search of three souvenir cups revealed that the illicit drug was also hidden in the cups.
A distraught looking Sedona Maxwell was refused bail by Parish Judge Chestor Crooks when he appeared in court on Friday.
Judge Crooks cited his reasons for denying Maxwell bail were due to the strength of the Crown’s case, the seriousness of the allegations and the fact that he once worked closely with the JDF as the force’s attorney.
Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson made the application on behalf of Sedona Maxwell but did not enter a plea for her client, as she needed to be instructed by her client and review the evidence on file, which she had not received at the time of the hearing.
Thus, Judge Crooks ordered that disclosure is made to Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson and remanded Sedona Maxwell in custody until July 12, 2017.
Written by Stacey Fowler