Desmond Trott was cleared of drugs charges. <em>*Photo by Kageaki Smith</em>
Desmond Trott was cleared of drugs charges. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

TUESDAY, JULY 12: A man was cleared of conspiracy to import drugs after prosecutors failed to prove their case.

Desmond Trott, 22, had denied being part of an operation to smuggle $219,000 worth of cannabis into Bermuda in September 2009.

He also denied handling a controlled drug that was intended for supply.

Today at Supreme Court Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ordered a jury to acquit Mr Trott on the grounds there was not enough evidence to convict him.

Truth

Speaking after the verdict, Mr Trott of St David’s, said: “I’m just glad that the truth came out that what I was originally telling the detectives when they first arrested me came to be true.

“I was actually just doing a part of my job.

“I just want to thank God and my family for helping me get through this. And I want to thank my lawyer Craig Attridge.”

Ms Simmons told the jury: “In this case, the discussion of the law is that I am going to have to direct you to acquit the defendant.

“You will be told how to do that by the court associate.

“I think it’s important for a jury to understand at least in some way why the court has to take this position.”

“When Mr (Rob) Welling opened his case, he said it would have a certain basis. However, the evidence so far has not come to fruition.

“The Crown has no further witnesses it can call.”

The judge said the two prosecution witnesses’ evidence could have supported both the Crown and defendant’s case.

But she said it seemed to have helped the defence more.

She added: “You would have noticed that there was a dispute in the evidence between the two Crown witnesses about the power or the duty of the security officers.

“Mr Welling, having realized all of that, has come to the realization that he can’t go forward with this case.”

The jury was told to find Mr Trott not guilty on both counts.

His trial began on Monday when Mr Welling opened the prosecution case.

He told the court Mr Trott, a Delta customer service agent, was the “inside man” in the operation to smuggle drugs into Bermuda.

Mr Welling said the drugs in question arrived on the island on a Delta flight on September 9, 2009.

They were hidden inside a box containing a large industrial vacuum cleaner.