Police believe that they have made some inroads into an international drug ring operating outside of Grenada.
After thorough and intense investigations that took one year, members of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) have laid two drug-related charges on businessman Andre Thomas of Café, St. George’s.
Thomas is the nephew of the Deputy Political Leader of the newly formed National United Front (NUF) Ferron Lowe who is a barrister-of-law by profession.
He operates VSR Car Rentals along the Calivigny Main road and is also engaged in the rental of power tools.
Thomas is accused of trafficking in cocaine at the St. George’s Port on Friday, January 27, 2012, and also exporting cocaine from the St. George’s Port on Friday, January 27, 2012.
THE NEW TODAY was told by confidential sources that the amount of cocaine involved is one kilo. The drug was allegedly shipped from Grenada to England.
A high level source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that the cocaine was intercepted by the authorities in England, and the persons for whom it was intended have already been prosecuted there.
The 41-year old Thomas appeared before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill on Monday and was remanded to custody at the Richmond Hill prison to re-appear in court on February 27.
He is being represented by female attorney-at-law, Aneka Johnson of the law firm of Ciboney Chambers.
Head of the Police Prosecution Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Damian Lee in response to a query from the presiding Magistrate said that the Prosecution will strenuously reject any request for bail.
ASP. Lee told the court that due to Thomas’ extensive connection they feared that had it not been for intervention by the police in the matter, the possibility existed that “a junior economy” would have been in the making in the country as a result of the monetary value of the cocaine.
The estimated street value of the cocaine was placed at 75,000 Pound Sterling, which is equivalent to EC$337, 500.00.
The court learnt that arrangements are being made to have three witnesses from the United Kingdom brought to Grenada to give evidence in the case.
If convicted, Thomas could be sent to prison for up to 20 years once convicted of drug trafficking and possession of an illegal drug.