A 40-year old Canadian man, Michael Davis has found himself on the wrong side of the law in Grenada.
Davis was arrested by police on January 13 at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) for allegedly being in possession of 10 pounds of cocaine.
Represented by local attorney-at-law, Peter David, the suspect made his first court appearance last week Thursday before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau.
Despite strenuous efforts made by David who pleaded for bail on behalf of his client, it was denied by the Magistrate and Davis was sent to the Richmond Hill prison to be kept in safe custody.
The Canadian national has been charged with trafficking and being in possession of controlled drug.
An official police report said that the accused was awaiting an outboard flight to Canada at MBIA when a search of his luggage revealed ten pounds of cocaine hidden in a compartment.”
During his court appearance, the Police Prosecutor told the Magistrate that an on-site testing was done which confirmed that the substance found in his possession was 10 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $454,545.40.
However, attorney David called for a retest to be done of the alleged drugs since “on-site testing” can be considered as unreliable and that a retest is needed to confirm that it is actually cocaine.
The lawyer tried to convince Magistrate Gellineau to grant bail to his client on the ground that he is a Commonwealth citizen and is eligible to vote in elections.
Police Prosecutors agreed for the investigating Police Officer in the case to do a retesting of the substance but the Magistrate decided to dismiss the request for bail on the grounds that a serious offence was allegedly committed by the accused.
Davis was ordered to return to court on January 23.