Vendor tried to smuggle alcohol to prisoner at lock-ups

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A vendor has been charged with trying to sneak alcohol to a prisoner at the city court lock-ups.

Martin McLennan, 52, of Lot 6 Second Street, Meadow Bank, appeared yesterday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the charge that he brought two Tropical Mist water bottles filled with alcohol for Howard Rambharose on May 24 at the court lock-ups.

Police prosecutor Arvin Moore told the court that the accused went to the lock-ups with two bottles filled with what looked like water. However, during a search that was conducted by

Martin McLennan

one of the police officers, the rank sniffed the liquid and realized that suspected alcohol was sealed in the bottles. The prosecutor said Martin was later arrested and the bottles with the suspected alcohol were sent to an analyst to be tested.

Moore did not object to the accused being granted bail but asked that it be a substantial amount,

Attorney Tiffany Jeffrey, who represented the accused, informed the court that her client had a previous run in with the law for domestic violence.

Chief Magistrate McLennan subsequently granted the accused his release on $50,000 bail and adjourned the matter until June 12, when it will be heard by Magistrate Judy Latchman.

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