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‘The smell of burnt cannabis was permeating out into the hotel hallway’

Police yesterday described finding six people in a thick haze of cannabis smoke during a Good Friday hotel room raid.

PC Gregory White told Magistrates' Court yesterday: “The smell of burnt cannabis was permeating out into the hallway.”

Crown counsel Cindy Clarke said Police acting on a warrant raided room 563 at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess around 8.25pm on April 2.

Officers found four grams of cannabis and 1.69 grams of cocaine and six individuals: Erica Raynor, 37, and her 23-year-old boyfriend Temiko Wilson; Davyrion McCalla, 20, and Malcolm Augustus, 18.

Also present were Ms Raynor's sons Jahfari, 18, and Sadune, 16.

Ms Raynor and Mr Wilson are charged with possessing cannabis and cocaine with intent to supply.

They also face four additional charges of cannabis possession.

Mr McCalla is charged with possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply and three further charges of cannabis possession.

Mr Raynor, his brother Sudane and Mr Augustus face three charges of cannabis possession.

The six deny the charges. They were unrepresented in their court appearance yesterday.

The court heard yesterday from members of the Police Support Unit involved in the raid on the hotel room.

Each described it as hazy and thick and smelling strongly of cannabis.

The officers said they found Ms Raynor and Mr Wilson on the bed closest to the door. Ms Raynor's sons were on the second bed.

Mr Augustus and Mr McCalla sat in chairs watching television.

PC Ian Simpson said when he entered the room, he approached Mr McCalla and asked him to stand and turn to face the wall so he could be handcuffed.

“As he complied, I noticed a small plastic bag fall from his lap onto the floor,” PC Simpson said.

“Fearing it may be destroyed or trampled on, I picked it up by its corner and placed it back on the seat where Mr McCalla had been sitting.”

The bag was later found to contain paper twists containing plant like material, revealed to be cannabis, and a white rock-like material, found to be crack cocaine.

A further search of the room revealed a small bag of cannabis on the bed where Ms Raynor and Mr Wilson had been lying and a quantity of loose cannabis on a magazine on the bedstand. A search by a K9 unit revealed a hand-rolled, partially burnt cigarette beneath the bedstand.

Mr McCalla alleged that the black bag wasn't found until after he had been moved to the bed. PC Simpson denied that claim.

Ms Clarke showed the court a recording of Mr Wilson's police interview, carried out a day after the raid.

In the interview, Mr Wilson told officers the drugs were his, but denied that he had the drugs to supply.

He said he found them on the ground while flying kites that morning.

“When I went to tie the tail, I found the bag,” he said.

Asked where he was flying the kite, he responded: “Victor Scott school.”

Kimwandae Walker was shot to death in front of his children on the same school field later that day.

Mr Wilson said he went back to the hotel after he found the drugs and smoked some of the cannabis with his girlfriend and friends.

“We was all smoking, but the cannabis-like substance was mine,” he said. “Everyone was smoking except the youngest, Sadune.

“I was in the moment, and being that it was a holiday I was more welcome to the situation.

“We had just started a movie when you came in.”

Mr Raynor has been in custody since October. Their former lawyer Llewellyn Peniston has said he and his brother fled the Island after their names appeared on a hit list both have been shot at this year with Sadune needing medical treatment after one incident.

Sadune Raynor returned to the Island on Sunday and was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner released all of the defendants on bail.

The trial is expected to continue today.

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Published December 07, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:30 am)

‘The smell of burnt cannabis was permeating out into the hotel hallway’

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