A man whose fingerprints tied him to a stash of drugs found hidden in bushes must present a defense at his trial, a magistrate ruled yesterday.
Michael Herbert faces one count of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply at his trial before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
Herbert, who is represented by Dion Smith, will present his defense on September 16.
The crew of Bravo Tango was on patrol when it went to Springfield Road on November 21, 2018, in pursuit of two men, the court heard.
Although the men evaded police, the officers uncovered two crocus sacks with drug-filled packages in nearby bushes. The total weight of the seized drugs was 45 pounds with a wholesale street value of $45,000.
Hebert, of Springfield Road, was arrested in connection with the discovery on April 24, and denied knowledge of the drugs during an interview.
However, latent print examiner Sergeant 298 Rosenell Butler testified that markings lifted from the drug-filled packages matched the prints found on the packages.