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Methamphetamine allegedly found in US man’s posession sheik dean lautoka An American citizen in custody yesterday pleaded not guilty at the High Court in Lautoka to a charge of unlawful
29 Mar 2014 08:03

Methamphetamine allegedly found in US man’s posession
sheik dean
lautoka
An American citizen in custody yesterday pleaded not guilty at the High Court in Lautoka to a charge of unlawful possession of illicit drugs.
Gregory Wilcox Stires, 60, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs contrary to section 5(a) of the Illicit Drugs Control Act of 2004.
On February 2, Stires arrived at Nadi International Airport from Ethiopia transiting through Hong Kong and Fiji before departing for his final destination, Australia.
He was allegedly found in possession of 3.794 kilograms of methamphetamine in his suitcase.
Stires was represented by Legal Aid lawyer, Jiuta Lagilagi who requested the court for an order to allow the accused to see a doctor about his legs.
In response, Justice Sudharshana De Silva directed the defence counsel to apply to the Fiji Corrections Services and that the court will order a medical examination should that be unsuccessful.
The case has been adjourned to April 4 for the State to serve the court with the proposed agreed facts before the case goes for trial.
The accused has been further remanded. If Stires is found guilty of the offence he faces a fine not exceeding $1 million or life imprisonment or both.
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