Doctor claims he was framed in drug case
Despite his claim that his girlfriend planted drugs in his home, Dr. Adrian Rolle yesterday accepted that police discovered the contraband after he called them.
Rolle, who practices at Eastwood Medical Clinic on Rosetta Street, was arrested at his three-bedroom apartment in Sea Beach Estates after police found seven ounces of marijuana and $60,638 in his kitchen on January 20, 2019.
Rolle took the stand in his defense at his drug possession with intent to supply trial before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
Rolle said that he called the police because Sky Holbert, who had lived with him since September 2018, had vandalized his BMW and Toyota Passo moments after he called off their relationship.
When police arrived, Rolle said he told the officer that he wanted to press charges.
That’s when Rolle said Holbert pointed at his home and said, “Y’all concerned about me. He has drugs upstairs in his apartment.”
Rolle said he consented to a search of his place and alleged that Holbert directed the officers to a kitchen cupboard. He said the officers retrieved a box that contained a plastic bag with marijuana.
Rolle said the discovery surprised him. He recalled, “I was dumbfounded. I did not respond; I was overcome with emotion and fell to the floor.”
Rolle’s account of where and how the drugs were found contradicts the testimony of the officers who searched the home.
The officers claimed that they detected a strong scent of marijuana on entering the residence and found the drugs on the kitchen counter and another box that contained the money.
The officers said Rolle denied selling drugs and said the money came from his medical practice.
In his testimony, Rolle said that the only item on the kitchen counter was his “cash box with my hard-earned money from my medical practice”.
Asked by his attorney, Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, who had unfettered access to his place, Rolle said Holbert did.
He said, “It’s my opinion that she planted the drugs.”
In cross-examination, Sergeant Tameka Gibson questioned whether Holbert had the opportunity to plant the drugs.
Gibson asked, “Did either of you ever return before the police arrived?”
Rolle replied, “No ma’am.”
Gibson said, “Miss Holbert did not contact the police.”
Rolle replied, “I was the one who contacted the police.”
According to Rolle, he and Holbert left the residence together after he told her their relationship was over.
He said, “We exited immediately and that’s when she destroyed my vehicles.”
Gibson asked, “Why did you go outside with her?”
Rolle said, “I wanted to escort her home.”
During questioning by Gibson, Rolle denied going into the kitchen on the date in question.
According to him, prior to the break-up, Holbert cooked for him.
She asked, “How did you eat?”
He replied, “She prepared a meal for me.”
“Did you go into the kitchen for water?” she asked.
Rolle said he remained in the bedroom until he broke it off with Holbert because of suspicions of infidelity and drug use.
However, in response to a question from Gibson, he said he had never known Holbert to bring drugs to his home.
Gibson asked, “Do you agree that the cash and drugs were found in close proximity?”
Rolle agreed that the drugs and money were found in the kitchen.
Gibson asked, “Who placed the money on the counter?”
He replied, “Sky Holbert.”
The case continues.