DP-candidate bought drugs from suspect in coke-trial

POSTED: 10/9/14 9:24 PM

St. Maarten – Octavio Ogando Garcia, who was a candidate on the list of the Democratic Party in the August 29 elections, bought cocaine from a suspect in a cocaine-trial on two different occasions. Yesterday Garcia appeared in the Court in First Instance as a witness at the request of attorney Brenda Brooks who defends Julissa M.-B. in a cocaine-smuggling trial.

Phone taps in this investigation caught Garcia saying “that he’d be shopping at Mrs. M.”

Answering questions from the attorney, Garcia admitted “that he had bought twice something from Mrs. M.” and that what he had bought was cocaine.

Garcia was a candidate for the United People’s party in the 2010 elections when he won 80 votes. In the August 29 elections he was a candidate for the Democratic Party. As the number 16 on the list, he won 29 votes.

Garcia is not a suspect in the trial against six different suspects. The court moved the trial date for five of the suspects to November 27 and for the sixth one to November 28.


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