Veteran attorney Arthur Holder today delivered a stinging reprimand to police officers who executed a search warrant at the home of a St Michael man.
His scolding came even as the man, 39-year-old Trevor Hamilton Julien of Roberts Road, Haggatt Hall, pleaded guilty to charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and cultivation of cannabis, arising out of the discovery made when that warrant was executed.
He was ordered by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to perform 240 hours of community service, and released on $2,000 bail with one surety to return to court on March 31, 2017.
According to the police prosecutor, lawmen discovered ten plants under cultivation in Julien’s backyard yesterday. Several loose quantities of the illicit drug were also found in the man’s kitchen. The cannabis weighed 170 grammes and had an estimated street value of $850.
While the first-time offender admitted to the offence, his attorney took issue with how the warrant was executed.
“The search warrant was illegally conducted because no one was at home,” the incensed attorney told reporters outside the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this morning.
“Police executed a search warrant [but] who gave them permission to enter? No one was at home . . . The owner of the property was not at home. So how did they gain entry into the residence?”
He said it was not the first time he had come across such an occurrence in his years of practising law.
“That is why I am saying that some policeman should be locked up or brought before the courts, because the procedure was incorrect and it ought not to be done in that manner. I have seen it happen before and it’s time they put a stop to it,” Holder charged.
However, he said he would not be taking the matter any further “because contraband was found”.
“If no contraband was found, then I could have proceeded,” the attorney said.
In response, police spokesman acting Inspector Roland Cobbler told Barbados TODAY: “We have policies and procedures in place which govern the actions of police officers in the execution of their duties.”