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Cocaine suspect in Suva court

BY TALEBULA KATE The State is seeking 21 days to file disclosures and information on a US citizen who was arrested over an alleged cocaine bust. Aiden Alec Hurtado appeared
08 Mar 2014 08:20
BY TALEBULA KATE

The State is seeking 21 days to file disclosures and information on a US citizen who was arrested over an alleged cocaine bust.
Aiden Alec Hurtado appeared in the High Court in Suva before Justice Salesi Temo yesterday.
Defence lawyer, Akuila Naco, informed the court that his client had been in remand since February 20 and he needed to liaise with him in relation to his case.
He said the only disclosures they had so far was the caution interview of Hurtado.
He added that it was not an issue of bail as he wanted to get instructions and information from his client and being in remand was not making it easy.
Justice Temo then informed Mr Naco that there was no rush because if they were lucky they could get a trial date in July which would give them sufficient time to prepare for the case.
Mr Naco also asked if the State could provide them with disclosures within seven days but the State lawyer said they were unable to as they were waiting for further documents from the Police.
Hurtado, 23, was interrogated by Police after cocaine weighing 20.5 kg and worth $ 6.1 million dollars was allegedly found in his luggage when he arrived at Nausori Airport last month.
He managed to evade Police until he was arrested in Nadi by drug officers in the Western Division.
Justice Temo has adjourned the matter to March 27 for mention for information and disclosures and if possible for the state to release possible informal photocopy disclosures to the defence and simply to start their case. 
The accused has been further remanded.



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