Accused men lose extradition case
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: May 08, 2013
A magistrate on Tuesday approved a request for the extradition of 14 alleged drug dealers to Miami, Florida.
The Americans want to try Melvin Maycock Sr., his son Melvin Maycock Jr., Trevor Roberts, Devroy Moss, Shanto Curry, brothers Lynden Deal and Bryan Deal, Torrey Lockhart, Laron Lockhart, Wilfred Ferguson, Derek Rigby, Carl Culmer, Sheldon Moore and Gordon “Hog” Newbold on charges that they belong to a multinational drug smuggling gang.
The U.S. government requested the men’s extradition in 2004.
However, the extradition hearing proceeded in fits and starts before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, as lawyers for the fugitives filed multiple constitutional motions.
The Privy Council ordered the matter to proceed without delay after it dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the Extradition Act.
The men have an outstanding application before the country’s final appeal court regarding the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act, the governing legislation that gave authorities the right to tap the men’s phones and gather evidence that formed the basis of the request.
Maycock Sr. was the only person who was in custody as he is serving time for a local drug smuggling case.
Bethell committed the 13 men to prison to await extradition, despite claims from defense lawyers that a January order by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs preventing the court from revoking their bail in the event of an adverse finding was still in effect.