Charges dropped after cocaine turns out to be flour
A man who had been charged with possession of cocaine had the charges dropped against him after forensic testing revealed that the ‘cocaine’ was actually flour.
The charges were dropped against Teavon ‘Beaver’ Maynard at the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court.
The matter came up before Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.
Maynard was represented by attorney Shiva Boodoo.
PC Ball was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.
Maynard was held on the morning of September 10, 2018, during a police exercise along River Road, Caroni. The officers allegedly searched his home, during which they found a bag containing a cream-coloured powdery substance on a table in the living room.
The substance had a weight of 179 grammes.
Maynard reportedly told police that this was not cocaine, however, the officers involved did not believe him and he was arrested and charged.
In April, the substance was sent for testing and after a three-staged process, it was revealed that no traces of cocaine could be identified.
The results came back on Wednesday and as a result, the matter was dismissed.
More on this as it becomes available.