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$13,000 in cash, drugs and gun found in raid - court

A man was found to have $13,000 cash in his pockets during a police raid that uncovered drugs and a gun at his Pembroke home, a jury heard today.

Jakai Harford, 28, told detectives he had the cash because: “I just sold my car.”

Prosecutors accuse Mr Harford of illegally possessing 118 grams of cannabis and 47 grams of cocaine found on January 11 at his Mission Lane home, with intent to supply them.

He is further accused of possessing the component parts of a semi-automatic firearm, a bullet and two pairs of scales plus some plastic bags alleged to be used for preparing drugs.

Mr Harford denies all the charges, and his trial at Supreme Court began this morning.

Opening the case, prosecutor Susan Mulligan said police obtained a warrant from a judge to search Mr Harford’s home, plus the yard and outbuildings. He lived there with his mother and younger sister.

Ms Mulligan explained that a police dog handler found most of the items at the centre of the trial stashed away in a derelict building. Although the building belonged to a neighbour, it was fenced into Mr Harford’s property.

The first witness for the Crown, Detective Constable Maxwell Maybury, explained he was among 20 officers who participated in the police operation around 6.45pm that day.

Some of the officers were armed.

According to the detective, one of his police colleagues discovered the money in Mr Harford’s pockets during the search. When asked how much there was, the accused man told police: “Thirteen thousand. I just sold my car.”

Det Con Maybury said that amount was verified when the cash was counted. Mr Harford was arrested and taken away from the scene after a three hour search.

According to defence lawyer Mark Pettingill, Mr Harford had a receipt for the sale of his car.

The case continues.

Jakai Harford is escorted into Supreme Court where he is on trial for alleged drug and gun possession. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published September 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm (Updated September 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm)

$13,000 in cash, drugs and gun found in raid - court

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