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Bermuda court drops drug charges against Health Minister’s son

But the Crown offered no evidence against Moniz when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court on Thursday alongside his lawyer, Saul Froomkin, for mention.

With no evidence offered against Moniz, Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner dismissed the charges.

Earlier this week Moniz denied having the 2.1 grams of ganja and a blue grinder in his possession on September 2 in Devonshire parish.

Having elected to be tried in Magistrates’ Court, magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released Moniz on US$2,000 bail with one surety.

The dropping of charges sparked a slew of comments on blog sites.

But Attorney General Mark Pettingill said in a statement ”the ruling of the magistrate in the case against Thomas Moniz falls well within normal guidelines for a police caution.

“There is nothing special about this particular case against Mr Moniz.  The only thing that is perhaps different is that usually with a police caution the matter does not go to court as it did today and is often not a matter of public knowledge.

“Neither the Attorney General nor the government has anything to do with the remit of the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP). This was a matter entirely for the DPP as mandated by the Bermuda constitution, and the Bermuda Police Service, as are all criminal matters,” he added.

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