Crime — 27 August 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
Prison officer Ajany Smith, 28, charged with drug trafficking

Smith was at work when he was caught with 54.6 grams of suspected cannabis

Ajany Smith, 28, a prison officer at Kolbe Foundation, was taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where he was read a charge of drug trafficking this morning.

According to Hattieville police, they responded to a prison report, and Smith was handed over to them. They were informed that at 11:20 Saturday night, after Smith had reported for work, he started complaining of pain in his right foot.

When he went to the medical center at the prison, he had to be searched – a procedure that has to be conducted on all those who are taken there, including workers. It was then that prison officials found two black plastic bags inside the right front pocket of Smith’s pants.

Inside the bags, which were opened in his presence, the prison officials found what they suspected to be cannabis and when weighed, the suspected drugs amounted to 54.6 grams.

Smith was unrepresented when he appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was offered and met bail of $3,000 and one surety of the same amount. He is scheduled to be back in court on October 23, 2013.

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