ONE OF this country's most respected lawyers was yesterday criticised by the Privy Council for over-stepping his boundary to ensure the conviction of a Cedros family, reputed to have been involved in the illegal drug trade for over 20 years.
As a result of the Privy Council's ruling, the State was ordered to release Deochan, Toolsie and Gresham and will now have to return over $5.7 million which had been seized as being derived from drug trafficking as well as pay the million-dollar legal bill incurred by the defendants in challenging their convictions.
The ruling sent shock waves throughout the criminal justice system and the Organised Crime and Narcotics Unit, an elite unit which was assisted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, to arrest the four men back in October 18, 1996, during a sting-operation in Point Fortin.
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