Two Bahamians must present defense in drug case
A magistrate yesterday ruled that two Bahamian men arrested after 60 pounds of marijuana were found secreted away on a fishing boat have a case to answer on a charge of drug possession with intent to supply.
Keith McSweeney Jr., 33, of Coral Harbour, the owner of the 30-foot vessel “One More 2”, and Maxfield Outten, 22, whose fingerprint was found on the drug packaging, will present their defense to the charge on May 7.
Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain ruled that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against the men after rejecting no-case submissions made by attorneys Jomo Campbell and Philip Hilton.
McSweeney was not present when police boarded the boat that was moored behind Poop Deck, East Bay Street, on May 26, 2018. They met four Chinese nationals and an Ecuadoran who did not speak English on board. With the assistance of a police dog, the officers found the drugs hidden behind paneling in the lower deck.
In an interview with police, McSweeney said that he had leased the boat to his co-defendant.
Outten wasn’t present at the discovery of the drugs, but was linked to the drugs by a fingerprint.
Swain discharged the foreign nationals on the boat, who admitted through interpreters that they were trying to get to the United States.
Swain said that it could be inferred that they had also illegally landed in The Bahamas and ordered them turned over to immigration for processing.