Businessman and former murder accused, 57-year-old, Andre Gomes aka “Zipper” walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court a free man today after a drug trafficking case that was brought against him was dismissed for insufficient evidence.
In dismissing the case, Magistrate Leron Daly said the evidence provided by Agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit was inconsistent and some of the same agents contradicted each other during their different testimonies.
Zipper was charged back in February following the alleged discovery of just over two pounds of cocaine at his Craig Street, Campbellville property.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charge, with his Attorney telling the Court that the man was not at home at the time of the discovery and that the cocaine was actually found in an alleyway close to the house.
The Prosecution had argued that witnesses told a different story and a caution statement taken from the accused was entered as evidence. But the Magistrate ruled that the caution statement was not enough to get a conviction, especially since the accused denied ownership.
The cocaine trafficking accused was represented by Attorney-at- Law, Mark Waldron.
Back in 2015, the same man was charged for the shooting death of a driver outside the Palm Court nightspot, but the charge was eventually dropped as the evidence seemed insufficient also.
Last year, a wanted bulletin was issued for him after over 20 pounds of cocaine was found in a house that he owns in the same Campbellville area.
However, the occupant of the house, who was close friends with the man, pleaded guilty to the cocaine possession charge and has since been sentenced and is serving time in jail.
Meanwhile, Zipper’s son is currently awaiting trial on a separate cocaine trafficking charge.