ST JAMES, Jamaica— The man accused of attempting to ship cocaine through a courier service had his trial postponed on Tuesday.
Evan Martin, who was slated to stand trial in the St James Parish Court before presiding parish judge Sasha-Marie Smith-Ashley, was reportedly only served with the documents on Tuesday.
It is reported that the defendant’s lawyer, Albert Morgan, was not feeling well.
A new trial date was set for March 29, and Martin’s bail was extended.
According to court documents, on August 9, 2021, about 2:00 pm, members of the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) were conducting routine security checks at a prominent courier service office during which a package was checked and anomalies were detected.
Narcotics officers were called, and when they arrived, they opened the package and found a bag marked "coffee" that contained 1.9 ounces of cocaine.
Martin was subsequently charged with possession and attempting to export cocaine.
In an earlier court appearance, Martin told the court that someone had asked him to ship the package.
“Didn’t you think it was odd that they asked you to do something like this,” asked Judge Smith-Ashley, who was also sitting at the time.
“Turning a blind eye to suspicious conduct makes you guilty, so let’s not waste any time now," the judge added.
“Are you guilty or not guilty for possession of the cocaine and attempting to send it overseas?” Smith-Ashley then asked.
“No, Your Honour,” Martin replied.