Yovanny Marin-Ariza agreed he went to Colombia with some electronic devices to sell just a month before some heroin showed up in London secreted in a foot bath from Venezuela.
And he agreed the phone number given for the Con Air Foot Spa’s warranty at the Home Hardware where it was purchased in London was his old phone number from a former apartment.
But during his cross-examination at his heroin importation retrial, Marin-Ariza vehemently denied any connection to the appliance, the store or the purchase.
“It never happened,” he said during his testimony in the Superior Court of Justice. “I’ve never been in that store.”
Nor has he ever been to Venezuela, he insisted, even though it is right next to his home country of Colombia.
It was a long and tedious day of cross-examination at the retrial of Marin-Ariza and Luis Sanin, 46, two Colombian immigrants charged with conspiracy and importation of $100,000 of heroin to London on Aug. 23, 2006.
Both men were convicted at their original trial in 2010, but a new trial was ordered by the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2012.
That started 11 months ago when three weeks of evidence was heard by Justice Helen Rady. This week has been set aside to finish it up.
It is a complicated set of circumstances that led to the delivery of the drugs.
The prosecution’s key witness, Carlos Cuadra, who lived at the apartment where the drugs were delivered, testified months ago that it was Marin-Ariza’s idea to smuggle the drugs in and Sanin was to be the courier.
But Marin-Ariza testified Cuadra was just a friendly meat store employee he did business with who tried to pin the blame on him and…
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