Moments before the brother of cocaine trafficking convict, Barry Dataram, thought that he would have had the case of money laundering dropped against him, his hopes were dashed.
The Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Dionne McCalmont, informed the Court on Monday that the State was moving to appeal a ruling by the Chief Justice that $9 million which was seized from Barry Dataram’s brother, Troy Dataram, be returned to him.
But Troy Dataram’s attorney, Glen Hannoman, said the appeal was a waste of time since the money was already returned and was no longer available.
The money was seized during the probe of the drug world of Barry Dataram and charges were instituted against the brother. The brother through his Attorney had argued that the money was not linked to the drug charges or conviction against Barry Dataram and therefore should not have been seized in the first place.
Barry Dataram was charged in 2016, when he was found in possession of over 100 Pounds of Cocaine.
The $9M was found during the probe and searches, but Barry Dataram’s brother said it belonged to him and therefore should not have been seized.
A recent decision by the High Court instructed that the money be given back to the man. Although the Attorney claims the money has already been spent, the State intends to continue with its appeal.