Drugs found in doctor’s home not submitted for fingerprint testing
A police investigator yesterday defended his decision not to submit drugs found in a doctor’s home for fingerprint testing.
Officer Travis Davis was testifying in the drug trial of Dr. Adrian Rolle, of Eastwood Family Practice, who was arrested on January 20 on a charge of drug possession with intent to supply after he called police for his girlfriend who was vandalizing his vehicles.
Rolle has denied the drug charge at his trial before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
The court heard that after Rolle’s now erstwhile girlfriend Sky Holbert was cautioned on the causing damage charge, she said, “Officer, he has plenty dope upstairs.”
Holbert’s assertion was confirmed after police allegedly found multiple packages of marijuana on the kitchen counter and $60,038 in a tin.
Police arrested Rolle and Holbert in connection to the find.
In an interview with Davis the day after his arrest, Rolle denied knowledge of the drugs and suggested that Holbert had planted them there, the court heard.
Rolle’s lawyer Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, asked Davis if the packages were submitted for fingerprint testing, but Davis said this was unnecessary because the drugs were found in Rolle’s home.
Farquharson-Seymour said, “There was one person who seemed to have knowledge of the drugs, more so than Mr. Rolle. She’s the one giving information to police. There was, in fact, a need for the packages to be tested for fingerprints because he’s saying he didn’t know. Do you accept that there could have been some evidential value if the bags had been tested?”
Davis replied, “No, because these are plastic bags that came from grocery stores.”
Farquharson-Seymour continued: “Do you accept if prints had been found on one of these packages, it would have been strong evidence against him?”
Davis did not agree.
Farquharson-Seymour said, “By that answer you are here not to defend the truth but to present your position.”
Davis denied this.
Farquharson-Seymour suggested that Holbert had the opportunity to put the drugs in the home because, according to Rolle, she had been “alone in the apartment the entire day”.
Davis said that, in her interview, Holbert claimed that she was at work at Big Boy’s Café.
Farquharson-Seymour asked “Did you check there?”
Davis said that he did not—and he questioned why Farquharson-Seymour was focused on Holbert.
He said, “You’re talking about Sky Holbert. Is she in court today? She’s not here to defend herself.”
Farquharson-Seymour asked Davis if he was aware that Holbert pleaded guilty to drug possession and was fined. He said he did not follow up the case.
Davis was the prosecution’s final witness and the case resumes on July 23.
Sergeant Tamika Gibson prosecuted.