Possession, importation charges dropped in drug case

| 02/11/2017 | 9 Comments
Cayman News Service

Troy Pearson

(CNS): The court ruled Wednesday that Troy Pearson (35), who is on trial on drug and assault charges, had no case to answer on possession of more than 100lbs of ganja with intent to supply and importation of ganja. The charges stemmed from a drug raid in May at a house in Prospect, in which police found the ganja and Pearson evaded arrest, assaulting both a customs and police officer before he escaped. He turned himself in to police the following month. Pearson admitted being at the house, but said he was there to purchase a small amount of ganja; however, he said he was unhappy with the quality of the drugs and returned to the house to try to get an exchange. The ganja that he admitted purchasing was found in the cab of his truck.

He also readily admitted to police that while in the house he may have touched a bucket that contained ganja, before the officers presented evidence that his fingerprint was found on the container. But he denied the charges of importation and possession of  ganja. Another person who was with Pearson at the time was found in possession of the keys to the house.

In addition, a search of Pearson’s home found no drug paraphernalia, cash, phone evidence or bank records to indicate guilt. The charges were based just on his presence at the Prospect property.

The court found there was insufficient evidence to disprove Pearson’s account and he was ruled to have no case to answer for charges of possession of ganja with intent to supply and importation of ganja.

However, he was ruled to have a case to answer on charges of assaulting police and assaulting a customs officer. Pearson pled guilty to those charges along with consumption of ganja, and was released on bail conditions mandating a midnight to 6am curfew and drug testing twice a week. The court also called for a social inquiry report, with sentencing scheduled for 31 January 2018.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Where are all the cns jurors and judges?




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  2. Diogenes says:

    When are we going to stop locking people up for smoking weed, in a country where anyone above 18 can drink and smoke themselves to an early grave. How long is it going to take before we stop throwing our people (and others) in prison for smoking a plant.

    Everyone knows plenty of people who smoke and let’s be real some of those LA members are probably high as a kite on the weekends to chill out (who wouldn’t be after spending 8 hours a day in a chamber full of competing egos, lying and misleading for a living).

    It’s simple, living on this tiny island would be that much easier if everyone would just chill out every once in a while.

    Legalize
    Tax
    Regulate

    Diogenes




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  3. Anonymous says:

    This is called overcharging. Another waste of time by our inept prosecutors.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    How are these flimsy cases allowed to proceed to trial? The ineptitude is staggering.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    if it was his it would have been on his premises.




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  6. Anonymous says:

    What a joke this place is. Only in Cayman.




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Gwan thru




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  8. Anonymous says:

    Sounds fair




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