am a Customs Officer employed by the Bermuda Government.
I am attached to the Mobile Task Force.
My duties consist of examining passengers and cargo for contraband.
I cover all ports of entry into Bermuda.
2.45pm on Wednesday March 28th 1990 I was on duty in the freight shed at the
Civil Air Terminal as a result of a conversation I had with C/O Rodill I went to
the North Eastern area of the freight shed where I saw, underneath a shelf
numbered B23 a wooden pallet. On
the pallet were two brown cardboard boxes they both bore a logo indicating that
they contained "GE" colour televisions.
noticed that both boxes had a US Air label on them written on the label was
"JIMMY HARVEY, 36 MORGANS ROAD, WARWICK 809 2360881". I noticed that the boxes also had an airway bill attached to
them it bore the number "EWR 01106033" and the weight of the packages.
I could see that one of the boxes had been opened the other one was
sealed with staples and each seam on the top had two layers of clear adhesive
tape covering it. C/O Rodill opened
the unsealed box and I could see that it contained a television set packed with
5.10pm the same day I returned to the freight shed in company with C/O Rodill,
C/O Simons. The freight shed was
still open at this time and I saw DC McLean, DC Bourne, DC Providence, S/C
Simons and several other Customs Officers.
5.25pm the same day the only people left in the freight shed were Police and
assisted C/O Rodill to open the first of the two boxes on the pallet, this is
the one that I had first seen opened earlier that day.
Inside the box was a twenty six inch GE colour television, it was packed
in cardboard and styrofoam. I could
see that it was a console model. It
bore the serial number 945560102 and model number 26GC415. DC Providence took a photograph of the television.
then saw C/O Rodill remove five screws from the rear of the television he also
released four quick release retainers, he then removed the back from the
saw C/O Rodill hand the four packages to S/C Simmons who placed them in a trash
then assisted C/O Rodill to open the second package on the pallet. I could see that it was packed in a similar way to the first
it contained a G.E. 26 inch colour television, a console model.
Model number 26GC415 serial number 945560078.
I saw C/O Rodill remove the five screws from the rear of the television
and release four quick release containers.
The Officer then removed the back from the television.
I could see that it too had a sheet of metal attached to the rear inside
of it, it was held in place with four eye hooks.
Inside the television I saw two packages, they were both wrapped in duct
tape and were bigger than the packages in the first television.
I saw C/O Rodill remove the packages from the left hand side of the
television. I could see written on
it in blue ink "15GL". The Officer then removed the package on the right hand side
of the television. I could see a
piece of cardboard was pushed into the side of the package. I could see written on the package in blue ink was the logo
"16¼ GL". I saw the
6.29pm the same day I left the freight shed in company with C/O`s Simons and
Rodill. We arrived at the Police
Narcotics Office at 7.00pm the same day. At
the Narcotics Office I saw S/C Simmons, DC Bourne, DS McLean, and DC B.T. Smith.
7.15pm the same day I left the Narcotics Office.
I returned at 7.45pm. In the
Office I saw S/C Simmons. I could
see that he had the six packages wrapped in duct tape on two desks. I had a conversation with Detective Inspector Jackson who was
also present. I then selected the
package from the first television that was marked "11 GLS".
I made a cut in the package, I could see that it contained plant
material, I removed a small quantity of the plant material and placed it in a
small zip lcok bag. I stuck an adhesive label on the bag and marked it
"SMP1". I put a further
label on the duct tape on the package I removed it from and marked it
"SMP2". I then placed a
piece of red evidence tape over the cut I had made and marked it SMP
28.3.90". I then took the zip
lock bag marked "SMP1" and put it inside a brown paper bag that I
could see contained some dried grass. I
sealed the brown bag with red evidence tape.
When I first saw the brown bag it was already sealed with clear tape, I
had to cut it open to put the zip lock bag inside it. I sealed my cut with red evidence tape.
then made a cut into a package wrapped in duct tape, this package was marked
"15GL" and had been removed from the second G.E. colour television
serial number 945560078. I could
see that this package also contained plant material.
I removed a small quantity of the plant material and placed
then placed the zip lock bag in a brown paper bag that was sealed with adhesive
tape, I had to cut the brown paper bag open as it was already sealed.
I sealed it with red duct tape. I
initialled and dated the seal. I
then handed the two bags together with three other bags containing dried grass
and sawdust to C/O Rodill. I saw
C/O Rodill cover each bag with grey duct tape, I then placed the letter
"S" enclosed in a circle on the two packages that I put the plant
material in the zip lock bags in.
9.38pm the same day I saw C/O Rodill place two of the packages inside television
serial number 945560078 one of the packages was one that contained the zip lock
bag containing plant material. The
Officer then placed the back on the television and he packed it in its box.
He sealed the box with customs tape.
The Officer then placed the three other packages in the rear of
television serial number 945560102 one of these packages contained the plant
material in the zip lock bag that I had placed in it earlier.
The Officer then placed the back on the television and repacked it in its
box, he sealed the box with customs tape.
9.15am on April 11th 1990 I went to the Narcotics Office at Prospect where I saw
Sergeant Pett, the Custodian. Sergeant
Pett handed me the two zip lock bag that I had marked "SMP1" and
"SMP3". I placed both the
zip lock bags in a heat seal bag, I sealed the bag, labelled it and returned it
to Sergeant Pett.
Statement recorded between 1.45pm and 4.30pm by DS Rollin at Narcotics Office 8.5.90.
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