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JA drivers cleared ahead of B'dos meet

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment

Friday, September 07, 2012    

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TWO vehicles from Jamaica seized by the Barbados authorities after it was alleged that 38lb of marijuana was found in the trunks were released on Saturday evening and the drivers were cleared to participate in the Digicel/Williams Seaboard Marine International Race Meet on Sunday.

"The Barbadian authorities cleared all the members of the Jamaican team of any wrongdoing or involvement in any illegal activity. No one was charged for any offence," Capt Marck Carey, president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) told Auto.

"We did very well under trying circumstance to extend our lead both in the Country Championship and the Drivers Championship," he continued.

Hilary Jardine, immediate past president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), told Auto the cars were released at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening.

"This was done after all the documentations were checked and double-checked, and the authorities were satisfied."

According to the Nation newspaper, meet co-sponsor Ralph 'Bizzy' Williams and Barbados' Auto Racing League chairman Adrian Mayers said evidence revealed that the drugs were not in the containers when the two cars were loaded in the drivers' presence.

The Nation reported last Thursday that the discovery was made by the Drug Squad and Customs Department.

The vehicles were part of the Jamaican contingent scheduled to participate in the Caribbean meet in Barbados on Sunday.

The report also quoted Superintendent Grafton Phillips, head of the Police Drug Squad in Barbados, as saying that two men were being questioned by the police — one, a member of the Barbados Auto Racing League, which is hosting the racing event, and a Jamaican.

In meantime, Senior Superintendent Warren Clarke — who heads the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Narcotics Division — said their Barbados counterparts had made contact with them on the matter.

"We [the JCF] have been contacted by a member of the Barbados Drug Squad and Customs Department on the issue," SSP Clarke said. "We are currently conducting investigations on our end."

The race meet is the second leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships, the first of which was held in Jamaica at the Dover Raceway in St Ann last May. The final meet is scheduled to take place in Guyana in November.

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