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Inmate wins drug case on technicality

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An inmate accused of having over two pounds of marijuana in prison was yesterday acquitted on a technicality.

Prosecutors had alleged that they caught Oswald Samuel Poitier III with a bag containing two and a quarter pounds of marijuana when he returned to the medium security dorm from working on the compound.

Poitier, who is serving 10 years in prison for rape, denied the charge at his trial before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.

Corrections officers claimed that Poitier was holding a bag when he returned to the compound, and that they found the drugs after searching it.

However, prosecutors were unable to prove their case because the officers who allegedly found the drugs did not sign and date the drugs for identification in court.

As a result, the drugs could not be entered into evidence.

Poitier represented himself.

Meanwhile, a second case involving drugs at the prison was adjourned to August 18 at the request of the defense.

Chief Principal Officer Herman Major is accused of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and taking prohibited articles into a correctional facility.

Prosecutors allege that five-and-three-quarter ounces of marijuana were found hidden in the soles of a pair of tennis shoes that Major allegedly brought into the prison for an inmate on April 20, 2022.

The matter was scheduled to begin yesterday; however, Major’s lawyer, Christina Galanos, said she had just gotten the statements of the prosecution’s witnesses and she needed time to review them.