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No more Latin Tour?

A musician facing drugs charges has failed in a bid to have his bail conditions lifted - so he can go on a Latin American tour.

Radcliffe Morgan, 48, of Byron Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, is alleged to have had £25,000 worth of cocaine with intent to supply on 4th December last year and is awaiting trial in May.

At Gloucester crown court yesterday his lawyer Clare Fear applied for a variation of his bail conditions to allow him to travel "for a tour of Latin America to assist bands as a bass player."

Ms Fear showed the court contracts which she said supported Morgan's application. However she conceded that they had not been verified after she was asked by Judge Ian Lawrie QC about the veracity of the documents.

She told the judge that Morgan has ties to this country as three of his nine children live here. This, she argued, meant that he was not a 'flight risk'.

She said that the offences were denied. His case was that "he picked up the wrong person at the wrong time."

Prosecutor, Janine Wood, opposed bail.

"The drugs were not found on him, but in the custody van," she said, adding that there were two packages containing approximately £25,000 of cocaine.

She said that he was also found to have £780 in cash on his person along with two mobile phones.

Morgan's trial is listed on 21st May this year.

Refusing the application to vary bail, the judge ruled "Custody is highly likely if there is a conviction.

"I will not grant the bail variation on balance. The trial is not that far ahead.

"He will be irritated that he cannot take his bass and play his music."

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