DNA Evidence Helps Narcotics Police Secure Conviction

77-year-old Charged for Ganja Possession in Montego Bay
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Latest Jamaica News, Kingston: DNA evidence has proven to be a crucial factor in a drug case that came to conclusion in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday, July 16.

The case began when the Narcotics Police arrested and charged a woman at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) on Thursday, October 6, 2016 with the offences of Possession of Ganja and Taking Steps Preparatory to Export Ganja.

She was identified as 34-year-old Shauna Marriott, accountant of Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

Reports are that Marriott, who had checked in to board a flight to Curacao was questioned after a  parcel wrapped in masking tape containing over14 ounces of compressed ganja was found in a bin in a restroom that was accessed by her. Marriott denied having any knowledge of the package. However, a DNA sample was taken from her along with the package and submitted to the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine and a match was confirmed.

Marriott was fined J$3,850 for possession of ganja and J$7,000 or 30 days for taking steps preparatory to export ganja.

The drug has an estimated street value of J$60,000.

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