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Ex-cop remanded on ammo charge

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, August 13, 2012 | 3:37 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash Alpheus Wade, the former police officer implicated in the abduction of a businessman earlier this year, was remanded when he appeared in the High Court Division of the Gun Court.

Wade, who is facing illegal posession of ammunition charges, was remanded in police custody until September 10, when the matter of his legal representation is expected to be settled.

The 32-year-old Wade, a music consultant of Norbrook Drive, St Andrew, was arrested and charged in June last year after police raided his home as part of their probe into the kidnapping of the businessman that same month.

One pound of ganja and two rounds of 9mm cartridges and a round of 5.6mm cartridge were allegedly found during the search.

Wade had last year pleaded guilty to the drug-related charge and sentenced. Similar drug charges against Wade's girlfriend Rashida Gopie, who was at the home during the raid, were dropped.

The ex-cop is believed to be the mastermind behind the kidnapping of the businessman, who was abducted near his home on Norbrook Drive in St Andrew on June 16. He was reportedly taken to a house in Portmore but was eventually rescued by police.

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